If the Pats lose tomorrow, we’ll view the loss as sign that the Tom Brady era is coming to a close. But if they win – and if N’keal Harry and the offense continue to improve – we’ll wonder if Brady and the Pats have yet another Super Bowl tucked in their hip pads. And that is quite a dramatic contrast.
The Cleveland Browns are the next victims, who are scheduled to face the Patriots at Gillette Stadium late Sunday afternoon in what may very well the greatest coaching mismatch in NFL history. Once that happens, we can earnestly begin talk of another undefeated Patriots season because what the Patriots are doing right now is making a mockery of the entire NFL.
Brady vs. Belichick is one of the greatest debates of this Patriots dynasty – is Brady or is it Bill? – and many rest on the side of the quarterback. Many also reside with the coach. But if you were and are a Brady guy more than a Bill guy – and I am – the case of Andrew Luck provides the simplest case of the environment making all the difference.