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New England Patriots links 1/06/20 - Postmortem edition: The king is dead. Long live the king!

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  • Dave Brown gives a pat on the back to all the so-called ‘huge but objective Patriots fans and commentators’ who always knew when the season was over and called this loss years ago.
  • Tom E. Curran writes about the aftermath of the loss and says the only thing certain about the future of Tom Brady and the Patriots is that change is coming.
  • Michael Hurley writes a eulogy for the 2019 Patriots, a team that always had this end coming and shares some thoughts on Tom Brady’s age-42 season, where the playoff loss went wrong, and much more.
  • Tom E. Curran lays out what the Patriots need for the 2020 reboot, reload or rebuild: More coaches, a better draft, a better free agency and to figure out what they want to do with the most successful player in NFL history.
  • Michael Hurley makes a list of which players are set to become free agents and/or retire this offseason.
  • Matt Dolloff explains how Saturday’s loss pretty much summed up a trying season for the offense.
  • Steve Atkinson (BelieveInBostonSports) Patriots lost the game at halftime.
  • Dave D’Onofrio gives us five takeaways from the season-ending loss. 1. This was a flawed squad all along.
  • Ian Logue (PatsFans) Five thoughts following the loss to Tennessee. 1. “as good as Henry was, give the Patriots defense credit for eventually settling down and limiting the damage after a fast start.”
  • Chad Finn shares 20 thoughts on the Patriots’ 20-13 loss to Titans: 1. So many questions remain unanswered...
  • Doug Kyed stresses that the Patriots’ offseason must include acclimating N’Keal Harry and Mohamed Sanu to the offense.
  • Joy Manning (BostonSportsChick) A statistical look at the Patriots’ red zone woes.
  • Doug Kyed hears from J.C. Jackson on his improvement since his rookie year and what he’s accomplished. Jackson didn’t let up a TD this season to go along with his five interceptions.
  • Mike Reiss highlights Bill Belichick’s season-ending news conference: Now is not the time to discuss Tom Brady’s future with Patriots.
  • Phil Perry notes Bill Belichick says the roster was built ‘very competitively’ while acknowledging there’s always room for improvement. /True to form, Belichick won’t throw players or a position group under the bus to the media.
  • Mark Daniels hears from the players at Gillette today, there to clean out their lockers and attend a team meeting.
  • Christopher Mason notes Tom Brady’s teammates gush about legacy in New England: ‘I played with the greatest player in the history of the game’
  • Zack Cox reports the Patriots officially own the 23rd overall pick in the 2020 NFL Draft.
  • Steve Balestrieri (PatsFans) Sunday Patriots news, AFC East notes. 1. Brady puts retirement speculation at “pretty unlikely”.
  • Ty Anderson says it sure sounds like Devin McCourty, who is in need of a new contract, wants to be back for an 11th season.
  • Matt Vautour tells us Matthew Slater still loves playing, but isn’t fully ready to commit to a 13th season.
  • Katie McInerney reports Ben Watson sounds as if he’s calling it a career.
  • Locked On Patriots podcast: Mike D’Abate is joined by Thomas Murphy to recap Pats/Titans and discuss Brady’s future in Foxboro. (38 min.)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Morning QB: Kirk Cousins shines under the big, bright playoff lights in a truly Wild Wild-Card weekend; New England’s dynasty might be over; More.
  • Peter King (ProFootballTalk) FMIA Wild Card: Tom Brady the pragmatist controls his NFL future.
  • Gary Gramling (SI) Wild-Card weekend takeaways: A Drew Brees dud, Vikings find the formula, Seahawks living well; More.
  • Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL Wild Card PFF ReFocused: Tennessee Titans 20, New England Patriots 13.
  • Justin Sayles (The Ringer) Exit Interview: New England Patriots. For the first time in two decades, Bill Belichick’s team faces an uncertain future—perhaps one without Tom Brady.
  • Sam Monson and Steve Palazzolo (Pro Football Focus) NFL Wild Card weekend PFF Senior Analyst takeaways. 1. Tom Brady is declining. “The problems with the Patriots offense were more widespread than just Brady...”
  • Ian O’Connor (ESPN) Tom Brady can’t leave the Patriots after this loss: Why he should stay.
  • Jack Iles (TheGruelingTruth) It can’t end like this, right? Brady and the Pats should have more to give.
  • Jenny Vrentas (SI) Tom Brady’s season has come to an end—but what about his time with the Patriots?
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) What does Tom Brady want? In the grand scheme of things, the general options are fairly limited.
  • Judy Battista ( Future murky for Patriots after wild-card loss to Titans.
  • Josh White (The Teleraph) Did we just see the last of Tom Brady? Patriots lose to Titans in NFL play-offs.
  • Darin Gantt (ProFootballTalk) Patriots owner hopes Tom Brady either stays or retires.
  • Mitchell Hanson (NFLSpinZone) New England Patriots: 3 Takeaways from loss to Titans in Wild Card round. 3. Patriots defense was strong - unlike the offense.
  • Sarah Valenzuela (NY Daily News) Patriots get eliminated from playoffs and Twitter rejoices.
  • Ayla Brown (Country1025) Did the Patriots lose to a bunch of vegans?
  • Michael David Smith (ProFootballTalk) Belichick takes issue with notion that Pats fans have gone through “thick and thin”.
  • Russell S. Baxter (MavenSports) NFL key statistics for NFL 2019 (through Wild Card playoffs).
  • Kevin Seifert (ESPN) Questionable 2019 NFL playoff officiating decisions: What happened, which were right.
  • Chris Chavez (SI) NFL Coaching Rumors: Jason Garrett remains Cowboys’ coach despite search underway.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) NFL attendance hits a 15-year low.


  • Dennis Young (NY Daily News) The Patriots might finally be dead.
  • Robert Mays (The Ringer) The Patriots’ playoff hopes are done, and the Brady-Belichick era might be too.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Patriots loss to Titans had the feel of finality, dynasty hangs in the balance as Tom Brady faces free agency. This could be the end of an era.
  • Nancy Armour (USA Today) Tom Brady and the Patriots are no longer dominant force in NFL.
  • Andy Hart takes issue with Bill Belichick for not being ‘prepared’ to talk about Tom Brady and the Patriots’ future, and isn’t buying Belichick hasn’t thought about it. /No decisions have been made and he doesn’t want to share his thought process with the media until things have been worked out. What’s so hard to understand?
  • Christopher Mason says sportsbooks already started handicapping Tom Brady’s next moves: Browns most likely team if he leaves Patriots, with Chargers, Raiders and Panthers close behind.
  • Mike Reiss notes Tom Brady calls retirement ‘pretty unlikely’ as the Patriots exit the playoffs.
  • Mike Petraglia wonders if this is the end for Tom Brady and the Patriots dynasty.
  • Steve Serby (NY Post) Tom Brady leaving Patriots is the worst-possible scenario.
  • Adam London notes former Patriots exec Scott Pioli believes Tom Brady will stay in New England.
  • Zack Cox notes Cris Collinsworth believes Tom Brady will leave the Patriots in free agency to play for the Chargers.
  • Ryan Hannable highlights WEEI guest Boomer Esiason with his prediction for what happens with Tom Brady: Patriots aren’t paying Tom Brady ‘top-end starter money.’ “My sense if you had to ask me, I think Brady is gone unless there’s no one out there that pays in the big money, he comes back to the realization he wants to give it one more go with the New England Patriots and he takes less money with his salary.”
  • Adam London NFL Rumors: Tom Brady won’t take hometown discount to stay with Patriots.
  • Dan Shaughnessy (Boston Globe) It’s the end for the Patriots, and perhaps, for Tom Brady.
  • NFL Countdown (ESPN) Is Tom Brady done? Tedy Bruschi says no, Randy Moss, Rex Ryan plead for the Patriots to get Brady more help. (6.30 min. video)
  • Darrelle Lincoln (TotalProSports) Skip Bayless thinks it’s possible Bill Belichick could become next head coach of the Dallas Cowboys.
  • NESN NFL Rumors: ‘Rumblings’ Bill Belichick is considering leaving Patriots.
  • Paul Schwartz (NY Post) Bill Belichick to Giants scenario would make a lot of sense.
  • Paul Schwartz (NY Post) Giants’ Josh McDaniels interview moved up after Patriots loss.
  • Josh Alper (ProFootballTalk) Joe Judge slated to interview with Giants Monday.


  • The Boston Globe reports the NFL refutes ESPN Adam Schefter report about possible discipline for Patriots’ videotaping incident.