Sound the alarm, the end is coming! Run! Delete the Patriots shows from your DVR! Sell your season tickets! Burn your cutoff hoodies! The Patriots are losing in March! This can only mean one thing! They are doomed this year! DOOMED!!
Now, everyone take a deep breath. It’s going to be ok. I know it feels like everyone from Danny Amendola to Babe Parilli is leaving the Patriots right now, but they will survive. In fact, this is what they always do. They almost never make a splash in free agency. Financial responsibility is the name of the game in Foxboro, and frankly, I’m surprised we haven’t caught on yet.
So Danny left, and that’s terrible for us. We all loved his grit and the way he always came through in the clutch, but the Patriots receiving corps will be just fine without him. There’s still Cooks, Hogan, Britt, Mitchell, and don’t forget Edelman. Pair them with Gronk and the backs, and that is a really tough offense to stop. Is someone else going to have to step up in big games? Of course, but I think that one of them can figure it out. Remember how good Mitchell was as a rookie in SBLI? Or how Hogan had 3 TDs in the AFC Championship game against the Steelers? Someone can step in and help in those critical areas, it wasn’t worth grossly overpaying Danny, no matter how much we loved him.
That brings us to Butler. In case you couldn’t tell during the last game of the season, Bill isn’t a huge fan. He just got a massive amount of money in free agency. Money that, even if they were interested, I would have never wanted them to spend on him. Now, I understand that people are also upset that they didn’t sign Sherman, or trade for Talib, or pick up any guy that gets signed by another team. I’m sure there are people pissed that Devon Kennard signed in Detroit and not New England. We could’ve really used him at OLB! There are cases and arguments to be made about every player on the market, but they will continue to do what they have always done, which is identify talent that can help that at a fairly low cost.
I hope they sign Solder, but if they don’t, it’s because they think they can fill that position with someone that can do just as good of a job for a fraction of the price. I’m not saying that every move they make is right, but they’ve been to 7 straight AFC Championship Games and 4 out of the last 7 Super Bowls, clearly they’re doing something right. After the Super Bowl, I can understand that you’d have questions about the coach, but it’s tough to not trust the GM.
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