It’s a new normal Patriot fans, not just in everyday life but in football. It’s life without Tom Brady. The schedule was released tonight and it’s not an easy one for the Patriots to say the least. They have the toughest schedule by far in the NFL for the upcoming 2020 NFL season. They open with the Dolphins at home, then have some tough games on their slate that has 9-7 written all over it. From Seattle in Week 2 to San Francisco in Week 7, Baltimore, and back to back games against the Chargers and Rams in LA in December won’t be easy. With so much uncertainty regarding if the season will start on time Bill Belichick and the team have a lot of work to do.
So many questions going into this season, starting with who will start Week 1? Everyone assumes it will be Jarrett Stidham going in his second year with the Patriots, but because of this unusual offseason what if he isn’t ready and Brian Hoyer has to start Week 1? Does that look bad on Belichick if Stidham isn’t ready by the first week? I say no because he can’t go to the facility and work out, nor can he throw to any of his teammates right now. They are all working separately. Trying to get ready for the season remotely is not an easy task. What will players like N’Keal Harry or Jakobi Meyers be like this year without Brady yelling at them for not running the right route? They will probably be more relaxed and comfortable with Stidham under center than Brady.
The AFC East got better, but the Patriots have the coaching and the defense to win the division at 9-7. They aren’t completely done, they still have Belichick and a good defense. They got some leadership in the lockerroom with the McCourty’s and Slater which is huge too. It’s not going to be easy but it won’t be a total wash either. They’ll have their ups and downs and be alright. Don’t forget they do perform best when people count them out and they use it as motivation. It’s worked in the past because of Brady partly being at quarterback, but will it continue to work? We’ll have to wait and find out. It’s going to be a fun season watching not only the Patriots but watching Tampa Bay too.