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This is By Far the Worst Offseason in Patriots History!

Updated on July 13, 2013
The loss of Wes Welker, surprisingly, is arguably, the least of New England's off season problems.
The loss of Wes Welker, surprisingly, is arguably, the least of New England's off season problems.

This need not be said, but, what a terrible off season this has been for one of the more storied franchises in NFL history and by far the most dominant since the turn of the millennium. The list is endless, seriously!

It all started with a very distasteful parting of ways with a very productive and very large defensive lineman in Kyle Love. Love was both a late round steal, and bizzarly cut over a health issue, that while it caused said player to lose an immense amount of weight, was in fact affecting multiple NFL players who have gone on to have very productive careers.

Then a contract dispute, that had been brewing for years, saw one of the most productive NFL wide outs in the history of the league to leave the team for lesser money. A lot less, by the way. To add insult to injury the Patriots lost said player to a hated rival.

More news of infections and surgeries on their top tight end, and the best player at his position in the league, left Pats fans feeling, at least, a bit concerned. The good news was they had another super stud at the position, a stashed player at that same position who both showed toughness and ended up a world champion, was still on the roster as well as another potential new un-drafted beast the size of Gronkowski, in Zach Sudfeld. But still, it was not looking good in its totality.

Could it get any worse? You bet!

Then, the Patriots signed (and yes I am putting this in this article) one of the biggest side shows and jokes at the NFL quarterback position to their squad, Tim Tebow. A guy, who by the way, they demolished by approximately 30 plus points twice in the one season he was actually given the starting position in. Not to mention they already have, arguably, one of the top two quarterbacks of all time and a supposed stud back up who other teams were highly interested in, yet they refused to give up. Now the former, is listed as their third string QB and projections are abound, ridiculously I might add, that said player is going to be used at positions that are both still deep on the team as well as ones that do not match what little benefit he does bring to an offense (I say none at all).

Really, it couldn't get any worse after that, could it? Since it was already the worst, I will use one of the most hated real life characters on TV over the past several years. Yuuuup!

After that their 1B tight end, who helped produce the greatest TE tandem, probably, in NFL history, was charged with first degree murder and may be eventually charged with another attempted murder.

Anonymous sources, close to both Hernadez and other NFL players, that I can prove have actual knowledge of his true personality and behaviors, have assured me that he is guilty as sin and was/is one crazy mentally messed up dude! Does that mean he will get convicted? Absolutely not! Can anyone say O.J.?!

Patriots fans were almost surely thinking this has got to end?! One off season couldn't be any worse, right? Nope!

Next, arguably, their top CB last season, after having already dealt with assault on a police officer and a conviction was charged with DUI and because of his last conviction will probably get a stiffer sentence on both counts.

Fortunately for the Patriots, their focus seemed to be on defense this off season, a shift in philosophy from years past. This may, inevitably, help them overcome all of this, but this is not the point.

Past off seasons have seen Patriots fans both cheering at the various signings, as well as seen them get upset at the almost disregard for clear need positions which were overtly ignored, for whatever reason. This however, did not harm production on the field as the Patriots both won the AFC championship for the fifth time in the Brady era, as well as make another appearance in the following AFC Championship game, a rare feat for the previous year's Super Bowl runner up.

I would make a large bet, however, that a large number of Patriots fans would gladly take a boring off season after this one. The reason? This is by far the worst off season in Patriots history!

Other than the Hernadez murder charges, what was the worst thing that happened to the Patriots this off season?

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    • Alphadogg16 profile image

      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      Your right, actually I think its the worst off season for any team for that matter. Maybe the Falcons - Michael Vick debacle could be comparable.

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      MarkRFox 4 years ago

      He made the AFC Championship throwing to the likes of Doug Gabriel, Chad Jackson, and Reche Caldwell, BUT that is not the point. The title is not whether the New England Patriots will overcome, or whether it will affect their on field performance. It is, however, whether this is the worst off season in Patriots history AND I believe, clearly, it is! Thanks for reading and commenting...cheers!

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      Kevin W 4 years ago from Texas

      I'm not a Patriots fan, but have always admired Tom Brady. It is pretty sad the way they are falling apart. Really didn't comprehend them letting go of Welker or the signing of Tebow. But If any QB can still make his team a contender after all that, Its Brady. Prior to the addition to Moss/Welker, he was still smashing records throwing to the likes of Kevin Faulk, Jabbar Gaffney, and Dion Branch.