This isn’t a threat and it isn’t a warning. It’s just the reality.
Obviously, Bill Belichick and the Patriots now have some serious obstacles on their return trip to glory.
After 20 years with Tom Brady in their holster for every imaginable duel, the Patriots joined everyone else in watching last night as Josh Allen and Patrick Mahomes turned the final minutes of this season’s AFC divisional playoffs into laser surgery. Add in Joe Burrow, who has been the best quarterback in football over the past seven weeks, and you have an AFC landscape that at least somewhat resembles what Brady-Peyton Manning-Ben Roethlisberger looked like over the first 20 years of this millennium.
If you’re not at least mildly concerned, you should be – and for two reasons.
First, Mac Jones needs to keep getting better.
Second, he needs a weapons upgrade.