Well I’m sure it’s going to be open season on the Pats now. Every Tom, Dick and Harry are going to be dissecting this team and trying to figure out what needs to be fixed. So I might as well save everybody a lot of time and energy and tell you what has to be done. Forget about blaming this on any one player or any one part of this team. It’s not just Brady or the play calling or the defense that needs to be fixed per se. Instead it’s about a philosophical shift that needs to take place. The Patriots have gone from being a defensive punch you in the mouth type of football team to a finesse football team. I’m not sure if this was a conscious or subconscious decision, but somewhere along the way we decided that it was more important to give Brady weapons to throw and scoring 900 points a game than being physical. Don’t get me wrong I love Wes Welker and Randy Moss. I loved watching us go 16-0 and setting all sorts of scoring and TD records. But every time we play a tough ass team we struggle. Even during the 16-0 season. It used to be the exact reverse around here. We were the tough ass team that would come in and stomp on the fancy QB and win by running the ball and managing the game.
And when push comes to shove that’s still what wins 9 out of 10 times in the NFL. Sure you’ll have the The Greatest Show on Turf, and a couple teams like that have success from time to time, but over the long haul it’s the physical style that generally wins out. That’s how we won our 3 superbowls. That’s how Pittsburgh won their superbowls. By beating the exact type team we have become. So it’s not just about signing a certain player or having Brady play better. It’s about the style of play. Brute force wins. Who fucking cares if the offense doesn’t click on all cylinders or look sexy? You can’t be a pass happy team and still maintain a physical identity at the same time. It just doesn’t work. Let’s get back to what made us a dynasty to begin with. Smash mouth football. They type of football that Belichick is famous for. Enough with keeping Brady and the offense happy with big names. It’s time to go back to what wins.
PS – I absolutely don’t buy into the argument that we shouldn’t have let Seymour and Vrabel go. Assante Samuel may be a different story, but the facts are this defense was getting old. We need new blood. We need new Vrabels, new Harrison’s and new Bruschi’s. Hopefully we’ll use the Seymour draft pick to help find one of those guys. My point is that an emphasis was made on giving Brady weapons and developing the offense to compete with Peyton Manning after we lost to Indy in the AFC Championship game. That was a mistake. WR’s should never be a priority. It should have been about rebuilding the aging defense right then and there. And right now the focus has to be on getting away from the spread, pass happy offense and back to punching people in the face.