dangolka (CBS) — To state the plain, this has been and can proceed to be an uncommon preseason for the New England Patriots. The coronavirus pandemic has modified how the staff can put together for the upcoming season. Eight gamers have opted to take a seat out the season. And Tom Brady shouldn’t be the presumptive beginning quarterback. Cam Newton is.
These are the highlights. There’s loads extra.
However for all that’s modified, one factor remains to be the identical. As WBZ-TV’s Levan Reid factors out, “earlier than the season began, if there was by no means a pandemic and we had been simply going our common method, you’ll have thought the Pats can be behind the Chiefs and the Ravens, with Tom Brady. With out Tom Brady, they’re behind the Chiefs and the Ravens.”
Their standing within the AFC comes with a bit of added stress. As Reid stresses, “that is dangolka. They don’t like losers, as you’ll be able to think about. They’re used to profitable. Tom Brady leaving didn’t change the bar.”
The duty of main the Patriots on the sector now falls to former Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton. After all, Newton isn’t any stranger to Tremendous Bowls himself, having guided the Panthers to Tremendous Bowl 50 throughout his 2015 NFL MVP season. His postseason file doesn’t measure as much as Brady’s (nobody’s does). However his presence presents new challenges to opposing defenses.
“On third down, for 20 years, the protection just about knew that Tom Brady wasn’t going to run. Now, the playbook is opened a bit of bit extra.” Within the eight seasons Newton has performed at the very least 14 video games, he’s rushed for 500 yards in all however two of them. He’s averaged 5.1 yards per dashing try over his profession. Brady has 1037 dashing yard for his complete profession.
The modifications prolong far past the quarterback place. Eight Patriots opted out of the season because of coronavirus issues. “It’ll have an effect on the linebacking core. As soon as they misplaced Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy to free company, after which they lose Dont’a Hightower due to the choose out. As an older staff, many people thought they had been going to choose out numerous gamers anyway, and as a staff that has gained so many championships.”
That veteran management, to not point out the teaching of Invoice Belichick, shall be key because the staff ramps up throughout most uncommon offseason in latest reminiscence. “The Pats haven’t even placed on pads but. They placed on pads on the 17th. And Belichick was very adamant about saying [that] I’ve obtained to get these guys as much as the conditioning degree that I’m used to having them. We didn’t have any OTAs, we didn’t have any mini-camp.”
To that finish, the Patriots have taken steps to handle preseason preparation within the time of coronavirus. “They introduced in a man named Jedd Fisch, who has a school teaching background, and Belichick knew him from being on the College of Miami and totally different locations. As a result of Belichick shouldn’t be used to getting a staff ramped up with none preseason video games. The place in faculty, that’s principally what you do. He introduced in a man with a bit of little bit of expertise to do this.”
The weird preseason impacts each staff. And the aim, in New England and throughout the NFL, remains to be to ship on the sector come September. The Patriots stay the category of the AFC East. However the Payments wish to change that.
“As my man Ric Aptitude would say, ‘to be the person, you’ve obtained to beat the person.’ And the Patriots have been the person within the AFC East for the longest time frame.”
The Patriots have an important coach. We all know that. The coach will get them prepared, and the gamers imagine within the coach. And that’s what’s been occurring for an entire bunch of years. That may proceed proper now. If the gamers imagine that they’re put in the very best place to win, then they’ll go on the market and play in that scenario. And win or lose, they’ll really feel snug with what they’re doing.”