I am not going to sit here and tell you that I'm outraged at the fact that the Patriots didn't do anything at the Trade Deadline and that they are in serious trouble moving forward. To be perfectly honest, the Patriots are still the clear-cut favorite in the entire NFL to win, yet another, Super Bowl.
But that does not deter from the fact that the Patriots had a golden opportunity to put themselves over the top and be the unquestionable leader of the pack.
We heard rumors of Calvin Johnson, who I wanted to stay away from at all costs, and random offensive linemen, but the glaring need on this team that everyone has been able to see since the departure of Darrelle Revis is the secondary. Malcolm Butler has been very shaky at times and Logan Ryan, who has played surprisingly well up to this point, can't keep up these performances.
No one expected the Patriots to go out and get Patrick Peterson or Richard Sherman, but there were some very solid names out there that were reportedly available.
Sean Smith with the Kansas City Chiefs, Joe Haden with the Cleveland Browns, Jason McCourty with the Tennessee Titans, Alterraun Verner with the Tampa Bay Bucs, need I go on?
There is no question that the New England Patriots are a great team. They are probably the best team in the NFL. But a player like one of the ones mentioned above would have erased all doubt. We would not have to endure the stupidity of hearing that Noodle Arm is going to threaten us in the dead of winter at Gillette Stadium and steal away Tom Brady's 5th Super Bowl.
I am happy that the Patriots didn't pull a Denver Broncos (who failed, I may add) and try to gear up for one last go with their aging quarterback. Good draft picks in the NFL are worth a king's ransom, and Joe Thomas of the Cleveland Browns is not worth 2 first round picks. However, by all accounts, teams weren't asking for first or even second rounders to acquire these defensive backs. 4th, 5th, and 6th rounders could have landed some of these guys and put the Patriots in a superb position. With Tom Brady looking like he will never retire, the Patriots were smart not to give up high-end talent for aging veterans that could only help for this year.
I sound like a jealous ex-girlfriend, but it just feels right:
Patriots, I'm not angry, just disappointed.
By Pete Packowski