Patriots in great shape on Day 2 of the draft

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The NFL is structured to keep the best teams from staying on top, by moving them to the bottom of the draft order. But the Patriots have beaten the system, and are poised to keep doing it.

New England has already won six Super Bowls over 17 years with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, and they keep planning wisely to position themselves to keep winning. That includes their positioning in this year’s draft, where they’ll add plenty of depth on Day 2.

It actually starts on Day 1, when the Patriots have the 32nd and final pick, as Super Bowl champions. The last pick of the first round is often traded (it has been traded in each of the last three drafts) because plenty of teams want to move up to the high first round to grab a player they think they’ll want to lock up for five years. (Second-round picks get four-year contracts, but first-round draft picks have a fifth-year option in their contracts.) So don’t be surprised if the Patriots end up making a move like trading their first-round pick for another team’s second- and third-round picks.

And once the second and third rounds get going, the Patriots are in great shape. As Peter King noted in today’s Football Morning in America, the Patriots are expected to have five picks on Day 2: Their own second-round pick, the Bears’ second-round pick and the Lions’ third-round pick (both acquired via trades last year), and two likely third-round compensatory picks for letting Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler walk in free agency last year.

If compensatory picks go as expected, the Patriots will select six players in the 70 picks from the last pick of the first round through the last pick of the third round. And that’s before we get to the part where the Patriots may very well trade one of those picks for more picks, as they’ve been so successful at doing through the years.

It’s also worth noting that the Patriots’ top pick last year, offensive lineman Isaiah Wynn, missed his entire rookie year with an Achilles injury but is expected to be good to go in 2019. That’s another talented young player who is essentially a new addition to the roster.

If the Patriots draft wisely, they could have as big an influx of young talent in 2019 as any team in the league. The Super Bowl champion adding so much new talent is not the way things are supposed to work in the NFL, but the Patriots have shown over and over again that they can succeed in ways that other teams can’t.

57 responses to “Patriots in great shape on Day 2 of the draft

  1. The NFL has managed the league with free agency and salary cap to prevent dynasties!!! The Patriots play chess while the rest of the NFL plays checkers….its a fact!!!!

  2. and two likely third-round compensatory picks for letting Nate Solder and Malcolm Butler walk in free agency last year.

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    Those compensatory picks are almost like double dipping. The already free up the projected cap space from guys like Solder and Butler. Then get the cherry on top of an extra 3rd.

    The Trent Brown trade this year cost them a 3rd, so even Steven on letting Solder walk. Then there was the underperforming Butlet who was replaced by the undrafted JC Jackson. So free 3rd round pick and cap space for Butler.

  3. The patriots are the model franchise when it comes to success and no other teams are able to come close because they’re not willing or not able to actually build their teams through the draft. It’s a cliche but Bellichick plays chess while everyone else is for the most part clueless. The rich get richer.

  4. Pretty much their entire 2018 draft class missed the year. In addition to Wynn, 2nd round CB Duke Dawson essentially missed the year. JaWhaun Bentley was outplaying Elandon Robert’s out of the gates then was lost for the year.

    With 3 guys from last years class added to next years team, I doubt the Pat’s pick 6 times in the first 3 rounds. Some will be moved around to add a pick or two in 2020.

    Bill has actually had a spotty record in the 2nd and 3rd round, especially at DB, but he makes up for it on Day 3 and UDFA.

    This has to be the year Brady’s successor is taken, right?

  5. This is the “hidden reason” why they keep winning that most fans don’t see. They try to build a 53-man roster that is good from top to bottom as opposed to blowing money on 4 or 5 high priced stars and then having a terrible bottom third of the roster (which usually leads to terrible special teams).

  6. rdforty2 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:42 am

    Bill has actually had a spotty record in the 2nd and 3rd round, especially at DB, but he makes up for it on Day 3 and UDFA.

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    He certainly does make up for it on Day 3 and with the UDFA’s. His worst draft history is with the WRs. So many misses there.

  7. I guarantee most of these “Pats fans” never mentioned the Patriots pre 1996.

    1996 was the season that Green Bay beat down the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The majority of todays “Pats fans” don’t remember that because they were just starting their transition from no longer being Cowboys fans at that point.

    I am not Pats hater. I am just a truth teller. I witnessed the Patriots fan base pre 1996, they were a small rather friendly bunch. Most of these clowns saying they are Pats fans nowadays are so clearly banwagoners and fair weather fans it isn’t even funny.

  8. A few teams, such as the Patriots and Ravens, and maybe Packers try and gain compensatory picks. Teams that draft poorly, like the Jets must rely on free agency. But teams that are in the middle can try and do what the Ravens and Patriots do.

    Why don’t they?
    GMs need to study and improve, and I kind of doubt that many do,

  9. the only thing the patriots did was hit the jackpot when they found brady. a laugh at all this chess/checkers bs. regardless of their team-building strategy, without brady the pats would still be mired in mediocrity at best and bb certainly still wouldnt be their coach.

  10. Compensatory picks are so stupid if you think about it. The benefit of letting high priced free agents go is the cap space it frees up. Why add the benefit of valuable mid-round draft picks? Why reward teams for NOT trying to sign top level free agents? It’s a horrible system for the players trying to get paid.

    That said, that’s the way it is for the time being. You’ve gotta give props to teams like New England and Green Bay for manipulating the system so well.

  11. sigbouncer says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Those compensatory picks are almost like double dipping. The already free up the projected cap space from guys like Solder and Butler. Then get the cherry on top of an extra 3rd.
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    A team can not ‘free up the projected cap space’ they did not have in the first place.
    Both Solder and Butler turned down good money deals the Pats could afford for great money deals they could not. This is what the cap really does, in the effort to create parity it forces value decisions. Some teams are just much better at making the who to keep and when decisions than most teams.

  12. battmanri says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:47 am
    This is the “hidden reason” why they keep winning that most fans don’t see. They try to build a 53-man roster that is good from top to bottom as opposed to blowing money on 4 or 5 high priced stars and then having a terrible bottom third of the roster (which usually leads to terrible special teams).

    15 2 Rate This

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    IT’s the difference between knowing what works for over 15+ years and what doesn’t, yet most teams arrogantly refuse to try to copy BB.

    They just spend wildly and think because they’re the team to be doing the spending, they will somehow change the pattern of it magically being successful.

    Denver and Elway luckily pulled of their approach in 2015, but as you can see with the Rams, it’s risky and small window, which distances the odds of it working.

    Top heavy rosters usually won’t beat a BB Pats team.

  13. janvanflac says:

    February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am

    This is the year Brady starts to decline, noticeably. It’s already started.

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    Keep saying this year after year and one time you will be right. Really going out on a limb here though saying this about a soon to be 42 year old QB. Sop what if there is a decline? Does that take away from all that he has done?

  14. “Pretty much their entire 2018 draft class missed the year. In addition to Wynn, 2nd round CB Duke Dawson essentially missed the year. JaWhaun Bentley was outplaying Elandon Robert’s out of the gates then was lost for the year.

    With 3 guys from last years class added to next years team, I doubt the Pat’s pick 6 times in the first 3 rounds. Some will be moved around to add a pick or two in 2020.”

    And in addition to the three players above, there is WR Braxton Berrios who will be coming in as a virtual newbee. On another note, I see a few commentators are predicting the Patriots will take TJ Hockensen, TE from Iowa with first pick (he’s like a young Gronkowski).

  15. the Patriots have beaten the system

    They’ve beaten the purpose of the system, by understanding the system and using the system better than anybody else.

  16. THE PATRIOTS WILL KEEP TRADING BACK THIS YEAR AND ONLY SELECT THE MAIN PLAYERS THEY WANT ON THEIR DRAFT BOARD!!! THEY KEEP TRADING BACK BECAUSE THEY ARE GOING TO DRAFT TREVOR LAWRENCE IN THE 2021 OR 2022 NFL DRAFT!!!

  17. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:03 am

    I guarantee most of these “Pats fans” never mentioned the Patriots pre 1996.

    1996 was the season that Green Bay beat down the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The majority of todays “Pats fans” don’t remember that because they were just starting their transition from no longer being Cowboys fans at that point.

    I am not Pats hater. I am just a truth teller. I witnessed the Patriots fan base pre 1996, they were a small rather friendly bunch. Most of these clowns saying they are Pats fans nowadays are so clearly banwagoners and fair weather fans it isn’t even funny.
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    do you even consider that maybe a lot of “these” Pats fans were in first grade in ’96 and are only aware of what’s been going on the past 20 years. It’s no different than Cowboy fans where I live that only know them as a .500 team with an occasional playoff appearance.

  18. Bill is the reason for this dynasty, not Brady. I mean, he couldn’t do it with just any old QB either. Brady is an all time great, but Bill is the reason he has 6 rings instead of maybe 1 or 2 with a slightly above average coach. And he isn’t just a coach, he is also a great GM. And sometimes I am even more impressed with his personnel management than his coaching.

  19. chickensalad43 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:08 am

    Compensatory picks are so stupid if you think about it. The benefit of letting high priced free agents go is the cap space it frees up. Why add the benefit of valuable mid-round draft picks? Why reward teams for NOT trying to sign top level free agents? It’s a horrible system for the players trying to get paid.

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    It certainly does limit the amount of teams/competition willing to pay the big name FA. When teams hit it right it’s a double dip or a twofer. Those extra 3rd round picks are golden.

  20. amaf21 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am
    the only thing the patriots did was hit the jackpot when they found brady. a laugh at all this chess/checkers bs. regardless of their team-building strategy, without brady the pats would still be mired in mediocrity at best and bb certainly still wouldnt be their coach.

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    I think you are going a bit far but I agree that Brady is a huge part of their success.

    I would say that Belichick puts the team in position to be competitive in any game and Brady often provides the winning margin.

    Every year you can point at the times that Brady puts the team on his back to win, and the one year Brady wasn’t there in 2008 Belichick had the team playing well and Cassel looked pretty good. They got to 11-5. However they missed the playoffs and Cassel was sacked twice as much as Brady. Brady got to 18-0 with that team the year before.

    So I think Belichick would be very good without Brady, but Brady is what allows them to get over the top.

  21. commentawaitingdeletion says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:13 am

    sigbouncer says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Those compensatory picks are almost like double dipping. The already free up the projected cap space from guys like Solder and Butler. Then get the cherry on top of an extra 3rd.
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    A team can not ‘free up the projected cap space’ they did not have in the first place

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    For some reason you left out this part of my post:

    sigbouncer says:
    February 11, 2019 at 9:38 am

    Then there was the underperforming Butlet who was replaced by the undrafted JC Jackson. So free 3rd round pick and cap space for Butler.

    Butler signed a first round tender with NE in 2017 for $3.91 million. So all that money+, less what undrafted FA JC Jackson ($483k) was making in year two of his contract.

  22. savethebs says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:52 am
    Bill is the reason for this dynasty, not Brady. I mean, he couldn’t do it with just any old QB either. Brady is an all time great, but Bill is the reason he has 6 rings instead of maybe 1 or 2 with a slightly above average coach. And he isn’t just a coach, he is also a great GM. And sometimes I am even more impressed with his personnel management than his coaching.

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    I think you are really saying to be a dynasty they needed to both be there. That’s true. Maybe Belichick could have also done it with Peyton or Rodgers, but you never know how egos would have played out or other things that could have cut it short. Brady’s willingness to put the team and winning first is part of what makes Brady and BB work.

  23. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:03 am
    I guarantee most of these “Pats fans” never mentioned the Patriots pre 1996.

    1996 was the season that Green Bay beat down the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The majority of todays “Pats fans” don’t remember that because they were just starting their transition from no longer being Cowboys fans at that point.

    I am not Pats hater. I am just a truth teller. I witnessed the Patriots fan base pre 1996, they were a small rather friendly bunch. Most of these clowns saying they are Pats fans nowadays are so clearly banwagoners and fair weather fans it isn’t even funny.
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    Think about when YOU first really started following football. Around 10 years old maybe? Kraft bought the Pats in 1994 and every game has been a sellout since. That’s 24 years right there. People born in 1984 were 10 years old when Kraft bought the team. Now they’re in their mid-thirties. Then there was a previous 1985 team that brought a large surge in fans too.

    Once a team has a successful era, they stay popular. Chiefs, Vikings, Packers, Cowboys, Broncos, Steelers and a couple others got lucky early. Back when there was no salary cap or free agency, a team could draft well and stick together for years. Steelers, Cowboys, 49ers, and Raiders for example. Since the salary cap and free agency those teams have mostly been trash and NONE of them will ever be able to compare themselves the greatest dynasty in the modern era of the NFL.

  24. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:03 am
    I guarantee most of these “Pats fans” never mentioned the Patriots pre 1996.

    1996 was the season that Green Bay beat down the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The majority of todays “Pats fans” don’t remember that because they were just starting their transition from no longer being Cowboys fans at that point.

    I am not Pats hater. I am just a truth teller. I witnessed the Patriots fan base pre 1996, they were a small rather friendly bunch. Most of these clowns saying they are Pats fans nowadays are so clearly banwagoners and fair weather fans it isn’t even funny.
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    Just a truth for the ‘truth teller’ to consider, a 12 year old whose fandom began with Kraft buying the team in ’94 (which is when the sellouts started) very likely has teenagers of their own now that have known nothing but success. My Pats fandom goes back to watching them as a kid in Fenway and at first I resented the johnny come latelys and I still despise the current logo. That said I have come to realize that the 18-45 year old Pats fans have not jumped on a bandwagon, they are exercising a birthright. That’s how long this train has been running. My kids can’t recall and my grandkids have never known the bitter taste of being a fan of a team owned by Billy Sullivan or Victor Kiam that was never more than a step away from leaving town. Most folks that can are now middle aged or better.

  25. The Patriots know the system inside and out and maximise it. Its why they have talent ACROSS the board. Watch in this draft as the draft Edelmans replacement in 2 or 3 years, a posession guy…draft another unheard of kicker that will last another 10 years, draft a few more offensive and defensive lineman to keep in rotation. They are aloways looking for another late rd QB gem but have’nt hit on another Brady yet…..but somehow I think they will. I’m not Patriots fan but I like how they run thier co.

  26. janvanflac says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am
    This is the year Brady starts to decline, noticeably. It’s already started.

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    I will never understand why it’s interesting for fans and media to predict that an aging athlete is going to age.

    Everyone knows that Brady will eventually decline. Everyone has known that about every athlete ever. It doesn’t require psychic ability.

    The interesting thing isn’t that he will decline, it’s how long he can play at a high level and keep wining. That’s the fun part.

    It was great to see Peyton for example win a Super Bowl with a running game and a great defense. That was a great example of how to build a team around an aging superstar QB. Denver wouldn’t have won that Super Bowl if Brock had stayed the starter in 100 years. Manning was the field general and put them in all the plays to win games at the end of the year. He was still incredible.

    That’s what they did for Brady this year. It’s just smart winning football. Brady still has some magic when he needs it, but it’s smart team building by BB.

  27. freefromwhatyouare says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:03 am
    I guarantee most of these “Pats fans” never mentioned the Patriots pre 1996.

    1996 was the season that Green Bay beat down the Patriots in the Super Bowl. The majority of todays “Pats fans” don’t remember that because they were just starting their transition from no longer being Cowboys fans at that point.

    I am not Pats hater. I am just a truth teller. I witnessed the Patriots fan base pre 1996, they were a small rather friendly bunch. Most of these clowns saying they are Pats fans nowadays are so clearly banwagoners and fair weather fans it isn’t even funny.

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    The concept of bandwagon fans is silly. The reason so many Steeler, Dolphin, Cowboy and 49er fans exist is because they were so good. It attracts fans.

    Pre 2001 front page news in Boston in the middle of winter, summer, spring and fall was the Boston Redsox. The Patriots were an afterthought. Now there are 1.5 million people at the victory parade for the Patriots. Winning changes things. All fans are welcome.

  28. Nobody ‘frees up’ any cap space for letting a player walk. Teams just decide to distribute the money elsewhere instead of paying the player. Belichick usually looks good at this, like 2018, but not always. Akiem Hicks for example. The compensation is because a team LOSES a presumably good player. For a team to get a 3rd rnd compensatory, the player has to be one of the top 8 or so players in free agency. ONewsome also worked this system to a T. If another team wants to overpay a player you drafted, developed, invested in, threre should be compensation.

  29. I’ve been a Patriot fan since the 70s
    and they’ll always be my team.I’ve suffered thru some very bad seasons and I know that they will return,but with the younger guys coming in as rookies over the next year or 2 hopefully it won’t be as bad as it was before

  30. I still wonder how long do you have to be a fan to no longer be a bandwagoner? 20 years? 40 years?
    My kids have never seen a losing season, watched 8 super bowls (oldest was born 2002) 5 wins.
    Are they bandwagon fans?

    Bill has been doing this since he has been here. Build a team with a few A talents, the rest B, B- players.The list of ‘castoffs’ that became stars here is nuts. Vrabel, Ninkovitch, and Welker to just name a few. This is why they stay consistently good, why other teams get confused why they just got beat- how many times do we hear ‘Team X has more talent than the Pats’. KC? Rams? Chargers? All three of those games I heard that over and over. The difference is the middle and bottom of the Pats roster is just better. What does Bill do pretty much every game? Take away the best players. He lives and dies that his middle roster can beat your middle roster, and for the most part he is right.

  31. As a Pats fan it gets frustrating & a bit scary seeing players you want kept around going to other teams that have more cap space, HOWEVER, B.B. just seems to know how to figure out what needs to be done & the team barely skips a beat…… it blows me away how he does it but I can’t argue against his success…… Now that compensatory picks can be traded it just makes the process all that more interesting & exciting…….
    My guess is a lot of picks will be traded into next years draft at a round hire than they are now….

  32. tedmurph says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:34 am

    Nobody ‘frees up’ any cap space for letting a player walk.

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    Sure they do. Let’s simply use the two players in the article.

    Butler earned 3.91 million in 2017 – His replacement JC Jackson earned 483k this year.

    Solder earned 6.5 million in 2017 – His replacement Trent Brown earned 1.9 million this year.

    Savings = 8.01 million

  33. Arguing with people that have no facts is pointless, but I keep doung it. Since the Pats spent up to 4mil of the cap, they just decided to allocate the money to other players. They didn’t save anything

  34. tedmurph says:
    February 11, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    Arguing with people that have no facts is pointless, but I keep doung it. Since the Pats spent up to 4mil of the cap, they just decided to allocate the money to other players. They didn’t save anything

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    If I’m paying two guys 10.4 million dollars and I replace them with two guys that I’m paying 2.3 million.
    Those moves just saved me 8.1 million no matter how you cut it.

  35. Brian Calkins says:
    February 11, 2019 at 11:44 am
    I’ve been a Patriot fan since the 70s
    and they’ll always be my team.I’ve suffered thru some very bad seasons and I know that they will return,but with the younger guys coming in as rookies over the next year or 2 hopefully it won’t be as bad as it was before

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    Kraft has created a class organization with top notch facilities (and two custom planes). It should be a place where great players want to be in the future. It also looks like Kraft will keep Brady there until the end, which guarantees his future involvement too. Certainly it won’t be like it is now forever, but I would hope it becomes something like the Steelers where you compete most years and hopefully win a Super Bowl once a decade.

  36. Bill is Genuis as HC but not so as GM – If they were to keep him away from the Draft, the Team would be loaded top to bottom.

    Send Bill on vacation for the month of April.

  37. Bandwagon fans. Is that what the haters are down to for ammunition? Patriots first Super Bowl win is older enough to vote and buy cigarettes.

    So anyone who hasn’t been a fan for at least 30 years is a bandwagon fan?

  38. Bill is Genuis as HC but not so as GM – If they were to keep him away from the Draft, the Team would be loaded top to bottom.

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    This simply isn’t true. Does he miss on WRs? Yeah. O and D line? Not usually. Homegrown talent is all over this team between drafted and UFA’s its almost 60% of the roster.

  39. Another rookie that was on IR this past year was LB Ja’Whaun Bentley. He only played in 3 games this year but had 14 total tackles and an INT. Before the draft the knock on him was he wasn’t very good in coverage but he didn’t look bad in his three games.

  40. solo681 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 3:17 pm
    Bill is Genuis as HC but not so as GM – If they were to keep him away from the Draft, the Team would be loaded top to bottom.
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    What are you talking about? Since BB became head coach the Pats have been to the SB 9 times which means those years they selected either 31 or 32, unless they traded up. They have also been in four AFCCG and lost which means following those years they selected 29th. It is hard to draft blue chip players when you’re always selecting at the end of the first round. Last year the Pats had the 23rd and 31st picks of the 1st round but only had the 23rd b/c of a trade BB made. Kind of tough to make it to the Super Bowl 50% of the time without having success in the draft or with undrafted free agents.

  41. amaf21 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am
    the only thing the patriots did was hit the jackpot when they found brady. a laugh at all this chess/checkers bs. regardless of their team-building strategy, without brady the pats would still be mired in mediocrity at best and bb certainly still wouldnt be their coach.
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    Yeah. Brady held the Rams to 3 points. The Pats have been to only 2 Super Bowls when they didn’t have a top 10 defense in points allowed. Last time I looked Brady only plays QB. The Pats won a SB, vs the Eagles, with a WR/PR as their nickel DB. Their two starting CB’s that year, HOF Ty Law and Tyrone Poole, were injured mid season and undrafted rookie Randall Gay and 2nd year, 4th round pick Asante Samuel ended up as the starters. And they won a Super Bowl with that secondary. Tell me again how bad a coach Belichick is?

  42. freefromwhatyouare

    I’m a long time Pats fan and not only do I remember Green Bay beating us but also getting slapped around by the Bears in 85. I wouldn’t say that all these Pats fans are fair weathered but I might be inclined to think that most (not all) have never experienced those old days, before this ridiculously long run of success.

    As football fans, we have been blessed more so than any other fan base over the last 20, maybe all time. What bothers me about it is that we never hear the Patriots boast about their success. They never pound their chest and proclaim they are the best. They don’t gloat and they always show respect for their opponents. In fact, even Brady “cringes when called the GOAT”. Even after all this time, all this success, they are still pretty humble, if not respectful.

    I wish some of our fans could be the same way. A lot of the comments on these message boards make me cringe. “Best… Best… Best…”. Hmmm, ok, maybe, sometimes, and for now, sure. But let’s remember, we don’t win every year and it takes a team and some luck and a whole lot of things to go right to get these championships. So many close games. We could have just as easily lost 9 super bowls as we could have won all 9. Or not have even gotten there at all.

    Point is. This Pats fan is counting his blessings and loving every second of it. The end will come some day and when it does at least we’ll be able to look back and smile. It’s been awesome!

  43. janvanflac says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:06 am
    This is the year Brady starts to decline, noticeably. It’s already started.
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    Yes, we heard Brady has been falling off a cliff for the last 5 years. Apparently the cliff was designed by MC Escher, because Brady keeps ending up back on top. But you are right, someday he will no longer be able to perform satisfactorily enough to lead his team to a Super Bowl. And that will be a sad day in the history of football.

  44. As an early eighties season ticket holder and attendee of their first Super Bowl, I’m no bandwagoner. However I don’t fault my children and look at them as bandwagoners. They simply had the good fortune of being born at a time when they’ve known nothing but Patriot excellence. Call it a bandwagon if you like, but that band has been playing for decades now. That is one looooong show.

  45. If BB gathered every player he coached and had them lay out their SB rings in two rows would airplanes try to land between them? Or would it be to hard because of the glare? Being a great team builder has Patriots fans pondering these types of questions… What do you haters think about??? The Patriots you say…. Hmmmmm.. Ironic.

  46. What’s with this pre-1996 rhetoric? Every fan base has young and old fans. So your saying that the young fan base are bandwagon fans because the Patriots have had success! People choose what they want based on how it makes them feel. Some fans have their teams chosen because their parents pull for a certain team and others choose for themselves.Let me guess.. You are one of the few that still live in the past and still do things like they did pre-1996..because your loyalty is 2nd to none. How are those cassette tapes holding up? Don’t blame the Patriots for their success. Kraft remembers the past and he has done everything in his power not to repeat it. Need proof.. Pick a ring any ring.

  47. chickensalad43 says:
    February 11, 2019 at 10:08 am
    Compensatory picks are so stupid if you think about it. The benefit of letting high priced free agents go is the cap space it frees up. Why add the benefit of valuable mid-round draft picks? Why reward teams for NOT trying to sign top level free agents? It’s a horrible system for the players trying to get paid.
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    So you’re saying that a player hitting FA and getting overpaid is a horrible system for players trying to get paid?

    If the Pats kept and paid for their own high priced FAs then they’d have to let lower paid guys go to stay within the cap and then those lower paid players might get even lower offered contracts from other teams – how on earth do you come up with this being a bad situation for FAs getting paid?

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