Breer: “Where is the light at the end of the tunnel” for the Patriots?
Albert Breer of The MMQB joins Zolak & Bertrand following another ugly loss for the Patriots at the hands of the New Orleans Saints. Breer wants people to stop comparing this version of the Patriots to the teams of recent past.
‘The old Patriots are gone’
“We talked about last week being a critical point. And I thought again about how we talked about the ’03 Buffalo game and how they came back off of that and beat the Eagles 31-10 and the ’14 Kansas City game and how they came back off of that. And they beat the Bengals 43-17. Guys, we got to stop pretending like the old Patriots are going to show up. They’re gone. And I think Sunday was proof positive of it. And the fact that you’re having to press the reset button and I do expect like some things to be different this week. That you’re having to do that in the middle of October is a red alert.
“I heard Mazz talking about the Giants offensive line. He’s like, holy crap, Daniel Jones has it worse than Mac Jones. Do you know why it’s in that in that condition? Because their All-Pro left tackle is hurt and because the Top-10 pick they have at right tackle is just taking a little longer to come around. And maybe he never will. But they have invested in those positions and that group was pretty good last year. The reason I’m bringing this up is because with them, when you look at that specific problem, there’s light at the end of the tunnel. Andrew Thomas is eventually going to get healthy. Maybe Evan Neal will come around. You could get in your head that could be a top-5 tackle combination in a couple of years. Where is the light at the end of the tunnel here?
“How many positions do they have now on that roster where you’re going to have to spend like a high leverage draft pick to get them fixed? Receiver. Tackle. I mean, Judon’s not getting any younger. He’s going to be coming off of a biceps. Edge rusher. Quarterback? Look, if you have like a hole at guard and a hole at linebacker, you can probably fix that in one off season. If your holes are at the most important positions on the field, that becomes a multi-year project fixing that. And so I hate to break it to everybody here, but the old Patriots aren’t showing up.”