In the Starting Line-Up
Pats returning to the SB within 5 years will prove BB's genius. Rare is the team that can make the SB that frequently. It took KC 50 years to get backThis is more of the same, bargain bin hunting for re-threads. Last year it was Byrd and Lee. Who will it be this year? Thuney is gone. Maybe even Andrews. We now have to go get replacement caliber OL or pay them market value to stay (not happening).
One of the things that allowed the Patriots to continue their outstanding run for so long was having an elite QB willing to play for below market contracts and inspire other players to take discounts to continue playing for rings. Those days are gone. No player is going to take a discount for what? The greatest is gone. The prospects of going to a SB are not high (even if we go get Mariota, lol). The intangibles and leadership that TFB brought is gone forever.
I expect it'll be 5 years before we sniff another SB. I hope I'm wrong. It is what it is.