The Patriots are always unpredictable in the NFL Draft. They trade draft spots to move up to take players no one expects and they take players in later rounds that turn out to be some of the greatest to ever play the game. It’s the Patriots way.
As the Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski is fond of saying, yo soy fiesta. This may be what all the Patriots are saying after a rash of free agent signings that only make the team better than it already was and some of them on the cheap.
The team signed former Bengals defensive lineman Jonathan Fanene to a three year deal earlier this week. They then signed former Colt Anthony Gonzalez bolstering an already outstanding receiving corps. Then, they added former Bronco and Ram Brandon Lloyd and on the cheap.
In sports, as in life, when a team fails it becomes everyone’s job to assign blame. There has to be a reason why they lost. It has to be someone’s fault.
The sports media assigns blame one by one so that they have enough stories to fill 24 hours of programming and writing. The players blame so it doesn’t fall on them. The player’s wives blame so it doesn’t fall on their spouse. On and on it goes down the list until eventually everyone is to blame. And in truth, everyone is to blame. Teams win and lose as teams, not individuals.
If you have read any of my previous writes, you know I am a fan of the New England Patriots and have been for many, many years. So, this is a big weekend for me.
For the last 2 weeks, I have not watched any coverage of the game at all. No sports media talking heads. I have avoided Twitter. I have kept my Facebook time to a minimum. I just did not want to hear all the haters hating. It’s just what happens when a team like the Patriots is in the big game. The haters are many and the only way to further a story is to make the Patriots the underdog, make Tom Brady struggling, talk ad nauseum about Gronkowski’s ankle injury. But in reality it doesn’t matter.
I have deliberately not watched any sports media coverage this last week, nor will I this week. I don’t want to hear every day about how this is a rematch or what happened last time. This is this time.
The Giants and Patriots are both two very different teams now. They have different players in many positions and their games are played very differently. It’s not as if the same teams from 4 years ago are going to play in the Super Bowl next Sunday. Yes, the quarterbacks are the same and a few of the players are the same, but many things have changed since that time.