First-Round Options for the New England Patriots


Discounting New England, which has made the Super Bowl a regular part of its schedule with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady, the only team in the last quarter-century that lost a Super Bowl and returned to win one within five years was Denver, with Peyton Manning. "Anytime that you have a young defense, and I think we have some veteran players on the defense that we are looking to see where they are at in their careers", Dimitroff said.

And the hysteria over Tom Brady reached new heights. And I don't recall hearing many Spygate references in those exaltations. Here are some of the perks and new traditions that go along with the Patriots winning the Super Bowl. Five is more than four.

Brady said he thought White deserved a truck during a post-Super Bowl press conference on Monday, but it turns out Brady couldn't give him one like he did with Malcolm Butler after being named the MVP of Super Bowl XLIX in 2015 because there was no truck to give this year.

Five is still more than four, but five minus two is three.

I have long believed a team has to be good to be lucky and lucky to be good. Considering how Brady has become so synonymous with success in the grand finale, he might have won the right to change his jersey number from 12 to XII.

His stats are a testament to his greatness but they are also a reflection of the era and the offense he has played in.

Bill Belichick has never been afraid cutting ties with his players, especially leaders of the team. I am glad he's our quarterback.

Patriots coach Bill Belichick has also earned his place among the greatest National Football League coaches of all time, alongside such legends as Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Tom Landry, Chuck Noll, and Bill Walsh. If the 2017 Falcons can pass that lesson on to their adoring young fans, it will serve them in a far greater way than any championship t-shirt they may have worn around school. Those add up to 18 yards in the air. On Atlanta's next possession, their lead would improve to 14-0 thanks to a 14-yard TD pass from Ryan to tight end Austin Hooper.

Isaac: This was gonna be Brady's trophy if he threw for 200 yards and a touchdown.

Brady's agonized memories of David Tyree and Mario Manningham - and to a lesser extent, Jermaine Kearse (although the Patriots managed to survive that one) - are shared by thousands of Patriots' fans that saw two potential championships stolen away by catches that defied the laws of physics. "Blitz for Six" is the best they could come up with?

The Patriots went through a huge shake up on defense earlier in the season when they traded Jamie Collins to the Cleveland Browns. So I guess I'll make this column count.

Things got quite interesting when Edelman made his circus catch.

Playing catchup throughout, Brady completed 42 of 62 aerials for 466 yards with two touchdowns and one interception, resulting in a pick-six for the Atlanta Falcons' Robert Alford. Each team has a hole at the quarterback position and could use a young leader to move a stagnant franchise forward.

I doubt the Patriots will pay him more than Gronkowski who is slated to earn $9 million this season.