Brady was not very good last year. It is known. There are a lot of proposed reasons for this:
- No weapons
- Declining skills
- Bad offensive line play
But here is the thing. This team was on fire the first half of last season, even with Brady’s subpar play. There was a lot of talk early on about another undefeated season. That may not be possible again, but here is what is possible.
A new QB will not be like Brady. There will never be another Brady. Every QB the Patriots have from now on will come up short compared to our memories of Brady.
But if you look at Brady just last year, he wasn’t great. He had a poor attitude, and was moping at 9-1. If Harry ran a single wrong route, Brady punished him by not throwing to him again.
A new younger QB will not have these prejudices. Will not feel the urgency of father time on his heels giving him no patience with these younger guys.
Stidham, or whomever it is, has the whole offseason to work with these guys, to spread the ball around, and develop the NEW Patriots offense going forward with McDaniels. He will make a lot more mistakes than Brady. There will be some bad interceptions. But, I think the new QB will have more success than Brady did last year with whomever is out there at WR, instead of always trying to force the ball to Edelman. It will be fun to watch it develop.
So far, ignoring Brady, the personnel on the 2020 Pats, especially on defense, is not as good as the 2019 unit. They’ve lost players and will lose more. They’ve not made any notable moves in free agency besides keeping the McCountry twins. But every year, with Belichick, there are surprising new players that step up. The defensive unit will still be strong and will keep this team in a lot of games.
The 2020 opponents are a bit brutal as well.
But this will be fun to watch, fun to see it build, and I’m excited for it.
The other thing is, these last 20 years, and the six SB trophies, ANYTHING that happens is gravy now. Losses now don’t hurt as much. This was the greatest NFL dynasty ever, and always will be. I am far more relaxed as a fan now, and can just sit back and enjoy it, no matter what happens.