For Pats fans, this offseason is unusually quiet. No deflategate. No video vagrants. No cheating scandals. Just a nice steady boil of bubbling anger at not making it to the bowl.
Brady isn’t worried about the best way to dispose of his cell phone. Belichick isn’t listening to question after question that he has no intention of answering. Robert Kraft isn’t wasting time giving interviews and posting missives the size of War and Peace on why his team is being treated unfairly.
This season it’s all about football and that bodes well for a franchise, a QB and a coach that are trying to do something that’s never been done before. Other teams may just be trying to “get better.” Some to get to the playoffs. Others perhaps even plan on vying for their division or conference championships. For the Pats there is one goal and one goal only. Number five. El Cinco. The elusive one. There is a reason only Charles Haley has five rings. No one has done it with one team. With one group of guys. With one QB. That has to change and this is the group to do it.
When you wake up in the morning you may reach for the snooze button or perhaps get up, trundle downstairs to get the house going, then catch the morning session of Sports Center. Everyone of the New England Patriots eyes open and they see what isn’t there. A fifth ring. Then they realize their guts still ache and their hearts still burn. Then they get up and go do whatever it takes to get it done. Perfect meals, workout partners, mental gaming, film sessions. There is no offseason for the core of this team. This is a team united in it’s focus. It’s going to be a heck of an offseason.
What say you Sports Nation?
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