Is it time to jump ship on the Patriots 2014 season? Mike Foss of USA Today says no. As bad as it has looked, Foss believes that Brady and Belichick will eventually find a way to turn things around.
"A wildly average Belichick team is usually much better than everyone else's pretty good team. And as long as Belichick and Brady are together, conventional wisdom tells you that they will find a way," writes Foss.
Comcast SportsNet's Gary Tanguay is not so optimistic. On the "Early Edition" last night he claimed that the Patriots window has closed and believes this team has no soul.
"Football games are won in the trenches and the Pats' line of scrimmage is soft as puppy poo. They have no heart, no anger and no pride," says Tanguay. "I said at the beginning of the year that this was Tom Brady's last chance to win a Super Bowl. Gronk was back and Darrelle Revis would patrol the secondary for New England for at least this season. But, four weeks later, everything looks different."
While many people seem to agree with Tanguay, a number of Boston writers are imploring fans not to give up hope. Joe Fitzgerald of the Boston Herald and Erik Frenz of Boston.com both believe the Patriots can fix their problems. Both say that we won't know whether this is the end of the Patriots dominance until the end of the season. It's far too early to make any conclusions.
"But it was just one night, though mortifying with the whole nation looking on, and it'll be seen as an aberration if the Patriots beat the Bengals this Sunday and go on to win the AFC East, which they're still heavily favored to do," writes Joe Fitzgerald.
Ben Volin of the Boston Globe explains what he thinks the Patriots should have done this offseason to strengthen the team. Volin highlights the Patriots' biggest weaknesses and shows how they could have bolstered the roster at each position.
Team photographer, David Silverman, offers his best photos from the Patriots game against the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, September 29, 2014.
"I figured the Patriots would sign a veteran receiver this offseason – Brady doesn't have the patience to keep developing kids after last year. He wants finished products," says Volin. "But did the Patriots sign the right one? They could have gone after Steve Smith, who is having a phenomenal year in Baltimore so far. They also could've gone after James Jones, Andre Roberts, or Emmanuel Sanders."
Steve Servy of the New York Post took it one step further in saying that Belichick sped up Brady's inevitable demise by not surrounding him with enough talent on offense. Servy says that he thinks Brady can still figure it out, but it's not going to be an easy road.
"Belichick hasn't done Brady any favors. Until proven otherwise, Belichick may have made a fatal mistake jettisoning Logan Mankins, a glue guard and locker-room leader, to the Bucs for tight end Timothy Wright," writes Servy.