With Tom Brady no longer part of the equation, the New England Patriots will have to adjust in a major way heading into the 2020 season — most likely behind second-year quarterback and former Brady backup Jarrett Stidham (even though ex-Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich is not fully convinced). The outlook for the 11-time defending AFC East champions is therefore uncharacteristically unclear for the first time in two decades.
Will Stidham adapt to his new role and responsibilities? Will the Patriots’ skill position players take a leap forward following a disappointing 2019 campaign? And could New England as a whole actually benefit by having a young player lead the team’s young core as opposed to a soon-to-be 43-year-old Brady?
The answers to these questions will not be known until later this year, but they are at the center of projections about the team — and a recent discussion by the Good Morning Football crew: