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  • Michael Hurley suggests it would be wise to not scoop dirt on the Patriots’ graves until their threat is actually and fully extinguished.
  • David Latham (LastWordOnSports) The Patriots dynasty isn’t over: Of course, this argument is entirely reliant upon Tom Brady returning in 2020.
  • Nick O’Malley gives us some key dates for the 2020 offseason.
  • Christopher Mason addresses 23 questions that lie ahead in unprecedented Patriots offseason.
  • Gavin Rodriguez (LastWordOnSports) Patriots 2010s All-Decade team: Offense - Defense/Special teams.
  • stecox1026 ( Graphic: Tom Brady is the goat & it’s not even close.
  • Matt Dolloff’s final Package Report: Offense pulls out all the stops vs. the Titans - and almost none of it works.
  • Chad Finn mentions the Patriots drew huge ratings on television, drawing an average of 31.4 million viewers.
  • Sean T. McGuire (PatriotsWire) Devin McCourty wants to keep playing, and the Patriots would be smart retain him.
  • Lauren Campbell notes N’Keal Harry thanks Patriots Nation for ‘constant support’ throughout the season.
  • Justin Leger hears from Brad Stevens: Calling the Patriots’ season a disappointment is ‘a little ridiculous’.
  • Ty Anderson says all the second-guessing of the Patriots’ decisions turned out to be valid criticism. /Now do 2018.
  • Nicole Yang writes how Devin and Jason McCourty put spotlight on criminal justice reform.
  • Darren Hartwell looks at the Patriots coaching staff to determine which assistants will leave or return in 2020.
  • Isaiah Houde (PatriotsWire) Report: Josh McDaniels head-coaching interview tour begins Tuesday.
  • Andy Hart passes along a report that DL coach Bret Bielema will not be interviewing with the Lions after all.
  • The Razor Show podcast: Matt Chatham dives into the execution errors and pivotal plays of the game. Plus, Matt weighs in on Tom Brady’s performance and future in football. (1 hour)
  • One Patriots Place podcast: Steve Balestrieri, Thomas Murphy and Russ Goldman break down the Patriots’ uncharacteristically early exit from the playoffs and more. (1 hour podcast)


  • Albert Breer (SI) Monday Afternoon QB: In Mike McCarthy, the Cowboys get experience and a proven track record; More notes.
  • Bill Barnwell (ESPN) How did the Patriots get here? More than 30 events that led to an early playoff exit. /Some of these are a stretch.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Here are the eight biggest questions the Patriots face entering the 2020 offseason.
  • Eric Wilbur asserts if this is a divorce, Bill Belichick gets custody of the dynasty, not Tom Brady. /Wilbur is the sibling who helps himself to Mom’s jewelry while she’s still in hospice.
  • Frank Frigo (Edjsports) Risky Business: Wild Card Weekend. Blunders by Patriots vs. Titans.
  • Manish Mehta (NY Daily News) Will the Jets, Bills or Dolphins take control of the AFC East now that the Patriots dynasty is dead?
  • Adam Schein ( Wild Card Weekend: Kirk Cousins thrills; Patriots dynasty ends?
  • Charlotte Wilder (SI) How will we know when the Patriots’ dynasty has ended?
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) Tom Brady reportedly played through foot injury on top of elbow issues towards the end of Patriots season.
  • Mike Florio (ProFootballTalk) Report: Tom Brady suffered a foot injury in December.
  • Charles McDonald (NY Daily News) The remaining NFL playoff teams show there’s more than one way to build around a quarterback.
  • Arnie Stapleton (AP) What the early playoff exits of Tom Brady and Drew Brees mean for the NFL. “Suddenly, the old guard looks rather old.”
  • Gregg Rosenthal ( Fun NFL Wild Card Weekend spawns new-look Divisional Round.
  • George Willis (NY Post) The NFL is on doorstep of new quarterback hierarchy.
  • David Kenyon (Bleacher Report) The most clutch quarterbacks in NFL postseason history. /Only one No. 1.
  • Jay Busbee (Yahoo! Sports) What if Tom Brady never played for the Patriots?
  • Eric D. Williams (ESPN) Philip Rivers’ future with Chargers uncertain after he said he’s open to playing elsewhere.


  • Mike Reiss weighs in on Tom Brady’s contract options and the big questions on the table. Will Robert Kraft the ‘bridge builder’ keep the Brady-Belichick partnership alive for a 21st season?
  • Tom E. Curran explains why a Tom Brady return to the Patriots is complicated.
  • Ryan Hannable says the biggest question with Tom Brady right now, is what exactly does he want?
  • Staff (Bleacher Report) NFL weekly report card for Wild Card weekend: Tom Brady’s chances of returning in 2020.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) The Patriots make little sense for Tom Brady, and Bill Belichick must recognize that.
  • Doug Kyed examines who could play quarterback for the Patriots in 2020, including Tom Brady.
  • Christopher Mason wonders if Tua Tagovailoa could become heir to Tom Brady as Patriots QB
  • Will Brinson (CBS Sports) Where will Tom Brady play in 2020? Chargers, Raiders among teams who could sign QB in free agency.
  • Evan Lazar warns the Patriots against giving Tom Brady a multi-year contract, based on age, performance and the fact that he’s more reliant now on what’s around him.
  • Matt Vautour says the Patriots’ best interests aren’t served by bringing Brady back if his demands are too high.
  • Mike Chiari (Bleacher Report) NFL Rumors: Tom Brady, Patriots haven’t discussed new contract since August.
  • Darren Hartwell relays Drew Bledsoe on how Tom Brady could be enticed to leave Patriots.
  • Tony Massarotti believes it’s pretty unlikely that Brady and the Patriots still want each other anymore.
  • Paul Kasabian (Bleacher Report) Anonymous exec: Tom Brady, Bill Belichick want to win title without each other. /As credible as any anonymous quote.
  • Tyler Sullivan (CBS Sports) If Tom Brady departs the Patriots, here are some quarterbacks who could replace the legend in New England.
  • Henry McKenna (PatriotsWire) 7 potential replacements for Tom Brady in 2020.
  • Nate Davis (USA Today) Tom Brady’s next stop? Six NFL teams stand out as landing spots if QB splits with Patriots
  • Jordy McElroy (PatriotsWire) On to Cleveland? Signing Tom Brady and Josh McDaniels would be the coup of the century for the Browns. /Baker Mayfield’s mustache gets completely waxed off with this move.
  • Tom Curran takes a look at the 3 factors that could lead to Tom Brady continuing his career in another city. (1 min. video)
  • Ricky Doyle gets Brad Marchand’s response to Tom Brady’s potential departure. The Bruins winger would like to see TB12 stay with the Patriots -- for New England’s sake.
  • Patriots Press Pass: Sierra Goodwill and Evan Lazar discuss if the Patriots should go all-in to keep Tom Brady. Lazar relies on all the fancy stats to say “No”. (4.41 min. video)
  • Clubber Lang offers his prediction if there is a Brady-Belichick contract fight.