New England Patriots: 3 reasons why Bills don’t have AFC East locked up

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The New England Patriots went in a different direction this offseason

First, the shock of losing the best player and the best quarterback in history has to a significant extent worn off. That’s despite his winning the Super Bowl in 2021.

This space has been perfectly clear in its feeling that this was a monstrous gaffe by both the team’s owner and head of personnel/head coach.

This space has been there, done that as far as criticizing the lapses in judgment that allowed that proper fiasco to eventuate. But that was then, this is now.

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Old No. 12 plies his trade for a team down south. He’s not here anymore. That means it’s time to move on for good. 2021 will be a very different “move on” than 2020 for a number of reasons.

First, the owner of the team stepped in and said let’s get busy and get back to our winning ways, maybe not in those words but essentially. They did.

The team went all-out and all-in as they splashed the cash in free agency and got good players who are upgrades all across the board for the most part.

Then, the team drafted sensibly for a change. There were no great reaches. No drafting of a player who no one’s heard of (even draft experts) in the second round. It was just a good, solid draft.

This change of direction and those acquisitions on paper at least (OK, paper doesn’t play games, granted) have made the New England Patriots a much better squad on both offense and defense.