Bills GM sees Patriots as the team to beat, even without Tom Brady

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The Bills aren’t counting on the Patriots to take a step backward in the AFC East just because Tom Brady is gone.

Bills General Manager Brandon Beane said he thought his team would still have to face Brady twice this season, but the news that Brady is now a Buccaneer didn’t change his opinion that the Patriots should be viewed as the favorites to win the division.

“Candidly, I did not expect Tom to leave,” Beane said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “New England’s still going to be very good. I think it’s funny, comical that people are writing them off. The team to beat in the East is the Patriots.”

The Patriots have won the division 19 times since the Bills last won it, in 1995. Beane hopes the Patriots don’t make it 20 this year, but he’s not counting on anything.

60 responses to “Bills GM sees Patriots as the team to beat, even without Tom Brady

  1. Good PR move by the Bills GM. Also agreed w/ Pats fans thinking that Belichick could win w/ cardboard cutout players, if necessary. LOL

  2. Very smart man.

    BB is 14-6 without Brady in NE and barring a couple of position tweaks like DL, TE, LB in the draft, they will be younger, faster and….wait for it, healthier and better on offense next year.

    The truth is, Brady stared to tumble down that cliff in 2018’s regular season.

  3. Not if they don’t come out of the draft with a TE and another speedy WR.

    Buffalo should be the most feared team in the AFCE right now.

  4. “Candidly, I did not expect Tom to leave,” Beane said, via Vic Carucci of the Buffalo News. “New England’s still going to be very good. I think it’s funny, comical that people are writing them off. The team to beat in the East is the Patriots.”

    The Patriots have won the division 19 times since the Bills last won it, in 1995. Beane hopes the Patriots don’t make it 20 this year, but he’s not counting on anything.
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    The reason people would write the Pats off is due to the fact that all that winning involved Tom Brady. What QB is taking Brady’s place next season? Is it the unproven Jared Stidham with stats like 2 completions on 4 attempts and an interception? Or Brian Hoyer? Someone else like Cam or Winston? It would be comical not to write them off with no legit QB and now pretty average talent. Maybe Stidham works out for the Pats considering how bad the division is, but Buffalo should win the division easily.

  5. At least he’s being honest, because you don’t unseat the champ until you beat him, and last time I checked the Patriots were still the Champs of the AFC East. Not sure why people suddenly think that Bill will automatically be unable to coach just because Tom left

  6. Stidham excelled last preseason (just edged out of top spot in yards by Bucs’ Griffin, but had a lot better rating). And the Belichick-era Pats are 13-6 without Brady. And though many (ie. haters) think Pats are imploding/rebuilding the fact is other than Brady the turnover’s normal.

  7. Pats now irrelevant. They should be on national tv no more than twice….a mandatory Thursday game along with a token Bills Monday nighter. Showing Bill Belichick 250 times during games won’t make up for them being bland and boring on the field.

  8. Ya, Miami agreed, so they went ahead and beat them.

    Then Tannehill did it again the next week.

    The mystique was gone before Brady.

  9. It’s Buffalo’s division to win. The Pats should come in about third in the AFC East, unless they can find a serviceable QB. Right now they have none.

  10. “What QB is taking Brady’s place next season? Is it the unproven Jared Stidham with stats like 2 completions on 4 attempts and an interception? Or Brian Hoyer? Someone else like Cam or Winston?”

    I remember when it was the “unproven Tom Brady” that Belichick went with even after Bledsoe recovered from his injury. Even after Tom was knocked out of the AFC Championship for the 2001 season with an injury and Bledsoe came in to save the game and help the Pats to the Super Bowl and there was a significant number of media and fans that thought Bledsoe should have started the SB.

    I’ll trust Bill to find a good QB, be it Stidham or someone else.

  11. tylawspick6 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:11 pm
    Very smart man.

    BB is 14-6 without Brady in NE

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    You seem to be forgetting about the 16 games with Bledsoe in 2000 (5-11), the two starting off 2001 (0-2) and the AFCCG for 2001 (1-0).

  12. Good, smart public statement. But he has to be thinking differently.

    If the Bills can’t unseat the Pats this year, it simply won’t happen as long as BB is there. New England is old & aside from Gilmore, pretty devoid of top tier talent. Barring any moves for a QB, they’re also counting on a mid-rounder to replace the greatest of all time (no pressure there).

    It’s hard for fans to adjust their thinking after 20 years, but as talented as BB is, unless he can work miracles, that team’s ceiling is 8-8 this year. Could be a lot worse, too.

    The Bills have made all the right moves. I expect them to battle the Phins for 1st place, while the Jets and Pats figure out who will be 3rd & 4th.

  13. At least he’s being honest, because you don’t unseat the champ until you beat him, and last time I checked the Patriots were still the Champs of the AFC East. Not sure why people suddenly think that Bill will automatically be unable to coach just because Tom left

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    People think that because Brady could be the best QB in the history of the game. They also think that because the Pats lost a few players.. not just Brady and ON PAPER (for what that is worth) this is the least talented Pats team in many moons… with a total lack of experience at the most important position in Football… Also.. they have lost two great coordinators over the past 3 years. That may be catching up to them.. we will see though

  14. How many QB’s excel in preseason only to fall flat once they play meaningful games – most I would think. Vanilla defenses, vanilla offenses, scrubs on the field – yeah, I wouldn’t think that it would be smart to put much stock in preseason play at all. So, if BB is really playing chess while everyone else is play checkers, don’t go betting that Stidham is the new QB.

  15. “What QB is taking Brady’s place next season? Is it the unproven Jared Stidham with stats like 2 completions on 4 attempts and an interception? Or Brian Hoyer? Someone else like Cam or Winston?”

    I remember when it was the “unproven Tom Brady” that Belichick went with even after Bledsoe recovered from his injury. Even after Tom was knocked out of the AFC Championship for the 2001 season with an injury and Bledsoe came in to save the game and help the Pats to the Super Bowl and there was a significant number of media and fans that thought Bledsoe should have started the SB.

    I’ll trust Bill to find a good QB, be it Stidham or someone else.

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    Belicheck is a defensive coach and always has been. He had Brady fall into his lap, this was not a Peyton Manning.. suck for a year then get Andrew Luck.. this just so happened to be a once in a lifetime event getting Brady. Brady wasn’t a bad QB who was “coached up” by Belicheck to be great. He had great coach’s but he was/is a special player. Expecting Stidham to do anything even close to that is a pipe dream

  16. Yeah Brady did nothing,threw for 505 against the eagles

    great defense Bill. This year with 3 minutes left Tannerhill

    marched right down field to take ‘t the lead back. Against KC had two TD

    called back one Bill didn’t have challenge left. The other interception by Gilmore

    two rings by parcells 6 by brady great job bill

  17. harrisonhits2 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:51 pm

    “What QB is taking Brady’s place next season? Is it the unproven Jared Stidham with stats like 2 completions on 4 attempts and an interception? Or Brian Hoyer? Someone else like Cam or Winston?”

    I remember when it was the “unproven Tom Brady” that Belichick went with even after Bledsoe recovered from his injury. Even after Tom was knocked out of the AFC Championship for the 2001 season with an injury and Bledsoe came in to save the game and help the Pats to the Super Bowl and there was a significant number of media and fans that thought Bledsoe should have started the SB.

    I’ll trust Bill to find a good QB, be it Stidham or someone else.
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    The only reason Brady started at all was that Bledsoe was injured. When Brady was winning, of course you don’t bring in Bledsoe at that point. Brady was a fluke 6th rounder who became an all-time great. That’s a once in a lifetime thing, you can’t expect it to happen again.

  18. The Pats still have a lot of good players, but 9-7 is probably the ceiling with Hoyer, IMO. I’m not convinced the starting QB is currently on the roster.

  19. The real damage is the loss of starters in the front seven and a often used 4th player. A safety also. That defense was rock solid. Now there are some chips in it. They won last session more because of defense(much like Buffalo) than offense.

  20. KoolAidFree says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:24 pm
    At least he’s being honest, because you don’t unseat the champ until you beat him, and last time I checked the Patriots were still the Champs of the AFC East. Not sure why people suddenly think that Bill will automatically be unable to coach just because Tom left

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    It is because our country is so dumb that many people can only see absolutes or black and whites.

    What you said is hilarious to me but people are running around right now ignoring facts, history and reality to try to convince themselves that somehow, some way BB did not draft and groom Brady, work with Cassel on the fly, draft and develop JimmyG, daily, in case he had to cut the cord with Brady and now…Stidham.

    $100 the Pats have a much higher draft grade on Stidham than Josh Allen (they never would have drafted a one dimensional Josh Allen) and somehow McDermott and their GM are on the same level as BB.

    To see these people’s faces and posts come November regarding this topic, will be hilarious.

  21. harshestreality says:
    April 2, 2020 at 1:01 pm
    How many QB’s excel in preseason only to fall flat once they play meaningful games – most I would think. Vanilla defenses, vanilla offenses, scrubs on the field – yeah, I wouldn’t think that it would be smart to put much stock in preseason play at all. So, if BB is really playing chess while everyone else is play checkers, don’t go betting that Stidham is the new QB.

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    Let’s bet our life savings? How does that sound?

  22. billsrthefuture says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:54 pm
    Good, smart public statement. But he has to be thinking differently.

    If the Bills can’t unseat the Pats this year, it simply won’t happen as long as BB is there. New England is old & aside from Gilmore, pretty devoid of top tier talent. Barring any moves for a QB, they’re also counting on a mid-rounder to replace the greatest of all time (no pressure there).

    It’s hard for fans to adjust their thinking after 20 years, but as talented as BB is, unless he can work miracles, that team’s ceiling is 8-8 this year. Could be a lot worse, too.

    The Bills have made all the right moves. I expect them to battle the Phins for 1st place, while the Jets and Pats figure out who will be 3rd & 4th.

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    Devoid of top tier talent? You regurgitating lies over and over and over, will not work.

    They have 1st and 2nd rd picks all over and their middle, late rd players or udfas like Andrews, JC Jackson or even Jakobi Meyers last year (numbers close to Deion Branch as a rookie in 2002), all play above where they came out in the draft process.

    2019 redshirted class and 3 3rds this year with 12 total picks.

    Do the math. The Patriots are loaded minus a talented 3-4 DE and TE.

    Best secondary in the league, OL, and best RB group in the conference. Bama’s Damien Harris should explode this season based on the patterns of a redshirted Vereen or James White redshirted in 2015.

    Enjoy the delusion. The pain in December will be worse because of it.

    lol

  23. Did someone just say “The Patriots are loaded” and follow it up with “enjoy the delusion,” in the same post?

    Sure thing. BB the coach scares a lot of people, rightfully. BB the drafter? Not so much. Thinking that a bunch of 3rd rounders can step in and make the team great again is an interesting take.

    Most Patriots fans seem to understand what’s going on. Of course Stidham could pan out, but it’s likely a longshot. Any Pats fan that’s going into this season with anything but cautious uncertainty is being irrationally optimistic.

  24. catquick says:
    April 2, 2020 at 1:49 pm
    The real damage is the loss of starters in the front seven and a often used 4th player. A safety also. That defense was rock solid. Now there are some chips in it. They won last session more because of defense(much like Buffalo) than offense.

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    Not really.

    Adrian Phillips replaces what Collins was doing. Obi Melifonwu in a back up role, backs that up. Jamie Collins played Safefy
    in college. He was playing at around 240 lbs. Do the math. If you do not know the sport, learn from others or pipe down.

    All of a sudden Jamie Collins and Danny Shelton and are irreplaceable legends, huh? Shelton’s middle name is “Inconsistent”.

    As for Van Noy, no question a talent loss, but when it means is Simon takes his number of snaps and Winowich gets an increased load on the weakside.

    Got it? Just because you don’t know the players on NEs roster does not mean what you are saying is true.

    Stidham will love all the short fields and extra drives that D gave Brady last year and won’t squander them like crappy red zone Brady did.

    Brady’s red zone play was so bad in 2018 with Gronk, I am afraid to look at this past year’s to see if his compl% was above or below his 2018 35% number.

    Because there is this lazy media narrative tied to Brady Fanboys who lie to try to pretend Brady held that team back last year. That is a fact based on his skipping OTas again and his numbers trending down again.

    Lastly, if the pattern holds, it’s an even season which means NE will be healthy, unlike last year.

    This is all bad news for the Haters.

  25. This should not come as a surprise to any knowledgeable football fan. Football is a team sport and the Patriots have always had good to great teams. This year will not be any different.

  26. Pats are loaded? With guys that couldn’t get on the field last year, guys that played a little, but stunk and guys on injured reserve. 7 picks in the 6th and 7th rnds this year. Yeah, Super Bowl here we come.

  27. So typical of the Buffalo fanbase, they claim a championship without even playing.

    #norings&nocupsever

  28. Alternate headline: “Bills GM sets expectations low to help protect his job if his team, favored to win the division by many, doesn’t win the division”

  29. “Football is a team sport and the Patriots have always had good to great teams. ”

    That’s very true. At least until the GOAT conversation comes up; then, Brady won 6 rings on his own.

  30. The Bills’ staff learned from all the smoke blown up their butts by BB over the years. It was a real stretch at times to talk them up.

  31. In any other division, it would be laughable. But yeah, the Patriots are still the best team in the league’s worst division over the past 20 years

  32. (Second order Bills fan here)

    I like McDermott. But I hope he doesn’t sleep on Miami. They’re getting better too.

  33. v2787 says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:49 pm
    It’s Buffalo’s division to win. The Pats should come in about third in the AFC East, unless they can find a serviceable QB. Right now they have none.

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    so you are suggesting the Jets or Dolphins, both rebuilding and without a solid QB, will be better than a BB coached team? I disagree

  34. some way BB did not draft and groom Brady, work with Cassel on the fly, draft and develop JimmyG, daily, in case he had to cut the cord with Brady and now…Stidham.

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    Ty,

    If he developed QB, he had to developed WR too, right?

    Any ex-Pats receivers talked about Belichick developed them? They all talk about Brady.

    So in your opinions Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Dion Lewis, Chris Hogan contributed immediately to play super complicated system invented by Belichick who didn’t even talk to them on sideline.

    Do you mean that Belichick could spread mysterious “virus” that turned them into kind of zombie?

    Please find a place and learn logic before posting in a forum for adults.

  35. billsrthefuture says:
    April 2, 2020 at 2:53 pm
    “Football is a team sport and the Patriots have always had good to great teams. ”

    That’s very true. At least until the GOAT conversation comes up; then, Brady won 6 rings on his own.

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    What’s even more true is what a moron you are.

    Brady did not win his first SB on his own at all. Ty Law started the dynasty with a pick 6.

    Next, Brady and the offense won SB 38 and 51. The D won SB 36, 39, 49 and 52. This is not debatable.

    It’s like you are Rip Van Winkle and just woke up out of a coma and are being fed info by Brady Fanboy Millennials only.

    Brady LOST SB 42 and SB46 with the offenses built around him by his own demands, and peed down his leg dribbling out 14-17 points only in a offensive era.

    Have a nice day, Mr. 0-4 straight!

  36. Logical conclusions have to be build on premises that are true. Otherwise, it’s a fallacy. An opinion isn’t a true premise

  37. tedmurph says:
    April 2, 2020 at 2:37 pm
    Pats are loaded? With guys that couldn’t get on the field last year, guys that played a little, but stunk and guys on injured reserve. 7 picks in the 6th and 7th rnds this year. Yeah, Super Bowl here we come.

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    NE lost Van Noy. That’s the only player of high level caliber and impact.

    NE will be healthier, if the pattern holds. Yes, loaded. You’re an incredible moron and the kind of fan I thought we’d lose for good when Brady left.

    Best OL in the conference, RB group, secondary and Special Teams. Yes.

    Nice little recipe for our second year QB who will FACTUALLY play better than Brady in his putrid 2019 season.

    No more 35% compl rate in the red zone, little guy. And that was with Gronk as an option, too.

    Night night.

  38. bostonblows says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    Ya, Miami agreed, so they went ahead and beat them.

    Then Tannehill did it again the next week.

    The mystique was gone before Brady.
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    Brady single-handedly lost those games.
    Well. . . Gilmore helped lose the Miami game.

  39. William Lee says:
    April 2, 2020 at 3:26 pm
    some way BB did not draft and groom Brady, work with Cassel on the fly, draft and develop JimmyG, daily, in case he had to cut the cord with Brady and now…Stidham.

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    Ty,

    If he developed QB, he had to developed WR too, right?

    Any ex-Pats receivers talked about Belichick developed them? They all talk about Brady.

    So in your opinions Deion Branch, Wes Welker, Dion Lewis, Chris Hogan contributed immediately to play super complicated system invented by Belichick who didn’t even talk to them on sideline.

    Do you mean that Belichick could spread mysterious “virus” that turned them into kind of zombie?

    Please find a place and learn logic before posting in a forum for adults.

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    Of course they talk about Brady. They played with him. You must have been asleep when everyone else, including those names, call BB a genius.

    Go ask Darelle Revis his opinion of BB. Go watch Moss gush. Or Edelman. Or any of them.

    Gush.

  40. billsrthefuture says:
    April 2, 2020 at 2:05 pm
    Did someone just say “The Patriots are loaded” and follow it up with “enjoy the delusion,” in the same post?

    Sure thing. BB the coach scares a lot of people, rightfully. BB the drafter? Not so much. Thinking that a bunch of 3rd rounders can step in and make the team great again is an interesting take.

    Most Patriots fans seem to understand what’s going on. Of course Stidham could pan out, but it’s likely a longshot. Any Pats fan that’s going into this season with anything but cautious uncertainty is being irrationally optimistic.

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    Yes, the greatest talent evaluator in NFL history, picking 28-32 every year in the draft, who picked Brady in the 6th road, and built 2 different separate dynasties. so great a commissioner was willing to frame him for things that never happened to steal the draft picks, is somehow bad at drafting.

    LOL!

    Why does he have to walk from all the great players he acquired then? Great drafting! Duh.

    Man, why are people in our world so dumb now? What is it?

    His 2009-2016 GM work in particular is the stuff of legend. He traded up in 2010 for Gronk in front of Baltimore, after trading back out of the 1st in 2009, for example, which yielded Vollmer, Chung, Edelman in 2009.

    And the pick in 2010 for Gronk.

    You people are so jealous, it’s hilarious. Maybe he should have traded up for Sammy Watkins, picked JP Losman or drafted Shaw Lawson or the bust from Bama, Dareus, huh?

    Reggie Ragland? Yes, all players he missed on, Buffy.

    What a genius you are!

  41. buffalosunshine says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:59 pm
    At least he’s being honest, because you don’t unseat the champ until you beat him, and last time I checked the Patriots were still the Champs of the AFC East. Not sure why people suddenly think that Bill will automatically be unable to coach just because Tom left

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    People think that because Brady could be the best QB in the history of the game. They also think that because the Pats lost a few players.. not just Brady and ON PAPER (for what that is worth) this is the least talented Pats team in many moons… with a total lack of experience at the most important position in Football… Also.. they have lost two great coordinators over the past 3 years. That may be catching up to them.. we will see though

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    You’re not getting it. He pays for folks he wants to groom years in advance. So, when a team predictably raids a guy and that guy steals some of his staff, he doesn’t miss a beat.

    Case in point: Cam Achord has been Joe Judge’s STs assistant for a little while now, and the players are excited to work with a guy they already know and trust, in-house.

    Enjoy!

    Hint: BB is always thinking 1-2 years down the line.

  42. Of course they talk about Brady. They played with him. You must have been asleep when everyone else, including those names, call BB a genius.

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    Ty,

    Again, All of Belichick’s “greatness” is built on that he didn’t have to overpay players for an offense that played better than Peyton’s offense in playoff, better than Brees’ offense in playoff, better than Rodgers’ offense in playoff.

    Drew Brees couldn’t score more than 24 points in any playoff games in last 3 seasons, Rodgers couldn’t score back to back 24 points with Davante Adam and Aaron Jones.

    You think SUPER CHEAP Belichick will be able to put together a super bowl contender when no more players will take pay cut to join in Pats? His draft on offense has been terrible. You are delusional.

    Once he doesn’t have such a QB, his “genius” will be gone, there is nothing you can do about it.

  43. 4hourelection says:
    April 2, 2020 at 3:43 pm
    bostonblows says:
    April 2, 2020 at 12:42 pm
    Ya, Miami agreed, so they went ahead and beat them.

    Then Tannehill did it again the next week.

    The mystique was gone before Brady.
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    Brady single-handedly lost those games.
    Well. . . Gilmore helped lose the Miami game.

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    The DPOY was dominant all year.

    I could have picked that ball from Brady. It was something I was doing in the backyard vs older kids in the neighborhood when I was 7 years old.

    LOL

    Brady literally handed away 7 points before half and then BB essentially fired Brady right then and there by taking off his headset before half with 3 timeouts left and 1:40 to go.

    Brady was done and checked out, ruining the season for all. You can even tell by the veterans comments about Stidham how relieved they are that TB12 and his avacado books, lack of commitment, is finally gone.

    Gilmore goes to OTAs, too. Brady does not. The D and STs got sick of trying to bail Brady out.

    Enjoy being wrong again.

  44. Talk about delusion. The D will still be good, but they failed at the end of the year last year. They lost their best player. They have no LBs. The offense was terrible last year and they did nothing to fix it. They lost Brady and have no QB. The OLine is good, but far from the best in the AFC. Your lead RB is your ave JAG. Third rnd pk was a healthy scratch all yr. Enough with the homer rose colored glasses. It’s gonna be a bridge year.

  45. There is so much enjoyment in Tylaw’s posts – but I think my fave is the “every other year we don’t get injured” thing.

    I’m actually disappointed in the realism of MOST Pats fans. I was hoping the fall from the dynasty years would be harder. But Tylaw makes up for it almost on his own. The logic is basically “we’ve been good, so we’ll always be good.”

  46. “Even without Brady, the Pats are still in your heads…”

    Hey, I’ll never deny it.

    Ironically, I think the fans who can relate most are Red Sox fans, who still obsess over the Yankees 4 ‘ships later. I think it will always be that way w/ me & the Pats.

  47. Such a refreshing change from the Rex Ryan era (error).

    Beane has put together a solid roster the last 2 seasons basically doing what Belicheck does. Cut dead weight and sign players that fit your program regardless of past performance.

  48. tedmurph says:
    April 2, 2020 at 4:00 pm
    Talk about delusion. The D will still be good, but they failed at the end of the year last year. They lost their best player. They have no LBs. The offense was terrible last year and they did nothing to fix it. They lost Brady and have no QB. The OLine is good, but far from the best in the AFC. Your lead RB is your ave JAG. Third rnd pk was a healthy scratch all yr. Enough with the homer rose colored glasses. It’s gonna be a bridge year.

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    Van Noy is all of a sudden better than Hightower, Gilmore or McCourty? lol!!

    Take my bet then:

    NE wins the division with Stidham

    Good lord, you are so fearful of Stidham being good, as a raging Brady fanboy, you actually think BB will start Hoyer.

    Lol!!!

    Come on, little guy and your Brady 35% compl rate in the red zone…take my bet.

    I would love to see more Brady Fanboys like you off these boards.

  49. Brady literally handed away 7 points before half and then BB essentially fired Brady right then and there by taking off his headset before half with 3 timeouts left and 1:40 to go.
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    Pretty sure Brady “fired” Bellichik when he let Miami go right down the field for 80 yards uncontested to win the game after Brady just put the Pats up by 4 with 2 minutes to go. Pretty sure Brady fired Bill during the Titans game when his 1st round RB plops to the ground upon contact, his 1st round WR doesn’t finish routes and then runs THROUGH ZONES right to the defender. Pretty sure Brady fired Bill when he let Amendola walk and gave Phillip Dorsett a raise, failed to get a tight end, saw Josh Gordon as an answer, gave him practice squad players like Gunner Oshevski at WR- and oh yeah- watched Bill wandering around the sideline like a homeless person while giving away the Philly Superbowl to a backup.

    Brady was still the best player on offense for the Pats last year. Bill can’t draft offensive players at all. He hasn’t hit on any first round picks since 2013 (Jury still out on Harry and Wynn)and now he’s fast tracking his kids.

    Your notion that “redshirting” a draft class is a good thing when you have an old and slow roster and are up against the capis silly beyond belief. . Who picks a running back in the first round and then next year another in the third round and then red shirts him? And now we have 2 picks in the first 90 something draft spots – its going to be a tough year.

  50. Yes, Van Noy was the best and most important player on the Pats D.
    No, NE won’t win the division. It won’t even be that close.
    I’m not afraid of Stidham being good. I would love it. But I’m not putting my faith in any 4th rnd preseason hero being a better QB than any version of Brady. That would be stupid.

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