Disclaimer: I am not a Patriots fan, but I have enjoyed watching their dynasty over the past 20 years. I understand I have been privileged to watch dominance that we may never see again in the NFL.
According to most reports, the Tennessee Titans just ended the 20-year dynasty of the New England Patriots on Saturday night when they beat Tom Brady and Bill Belichick at Gillette Stadium by a score of 20-13. Per these reports, Brady will either retire or sign a contract elsewhere as a free agent. All this because of a “down season” where the Patriots went 12-4, a season in which they were once 10-1.
Forgive me for saying I just don’t see it.
I don’t see Tom Brady, the ultimate competitor and a six-time Super Bowl Champion, just throwing in the towel after a loss like that. Brady is the leader of a team who last lost at home in the 2012 season. A team that has represented the AFC in the last three Super Bowls, winning two of them. Before that, a team that came within “The Helmet Catch” of completing the perfect season.
Even throughout the dynasty, the Patriots have seen more dire circumstances than this. Brady’s career was nearly ended after his injury in 2008. Remember the Matt Cassell year? It was the last time the Patriots didn’t have a first-round bye. After allowing Eagles backup QB Nick Foles to throw for 374 yards, the Patriots came back and won the Super Bowl the next season.
There have been darker days than this. And New England will come back stronger, much stronger that the worst team they have had in years.
This is not the end for Brady. It’s not the end for Belichick. It’s not the end for the New England Patriots.
I won’t believe that until I see it.