Six Patriots are opting out of the 2020 season. Big names both on offense and defense. Will more be coming? How much pressure is on Belichick? There is some he and the coaching staff have a lot of work to do in not a lot of time. They haven’t even had a practice yet. The Patriots identity is shattered with the loss of Tom Brady. Now, Dont’a Hightower along with Patrick Chung are opting out of the season. That’s a huge blow to the Patriots defense. What will Belichick do to try and keep the identity the same it’s been for 20 years. We’ll probably know for certain if all the success was either Brady or Belichick.
Belichick coming up with a plan
Players came to New England to play with Brady. Players when they do leave think Belichick is too hard and don’t like the coaching style. I say it’s football, get over it. If guys wanna lose they can go to a losing franchise and have fun. If guys wanna win then they’ll have to suck it up and deal with Belichick. If Brady stayed would Hightower or Chung have opted out? Probably not. But with him gone and who knows if they’ll be a complete season why go through the Belichick grind? It’s won Super Bowls, but they had the greatest quarterback of all time.
Belichick has Cam Newton coming in trying to get some hope going into the season. Did the Patriots know about the opt outs awhile ago and that’s why they signed Newton? Possibly one of the reasons. Imagine losing Brady then losing your starters on defense in free agency and the opt outs. Thank god Gilmore and the McCourty’s are still in for now.
Belichick will not tank. That is not in his DNA. He’ll put the best players he has in the best position to win. It’s not an easy task but it’s fascinating to witness. The pressure is on for the AFC East too, the Patriots aren’t the clear favorite anymore. Belichick could stamp his legacy if this team makes the AFC Championship Game this season with this group of players.