Belichick, Brady, Watson, Thomas, Bennett, and Gostkowski are all 33 or older. Age is the biggest arrow in the quiver of the Patriots’ critics, and it will be drawn early, ready to be shot out on media should they look less Patriot-like in 2019. What are the chances of that though?
Belichick doesn't respond to trends, he does what it takes to win. Using that tactic has not let him down. The rest of the league and its followers get excited about the young coaches taking the regular season by storm, while the old guard keeps on winning when it matters the most.
This offseason has seen a surge in teams hiring young, relatively unproven head coaches from the offensive side of the ball. Much of this was attributed to the success the Los Angeles Rams have had with thirty-something Sean McVay reviving the franchise and leading them to the Super Bowl this season behind an offensive juggernaut which racked up massive point and yard totals.
Cleveland Browns, Miami Dolphins and Denver Broncos all hired first-time head coaches this offseason in Freddie Kitchens, Vic Fangio and Brian Flores.
So, the only question remaining, other than the idea of someone actually picking Maroon 5 to play the Half Time Show, is who wins? So, let's have a little look at the key match-ups and speculate a little.
2002 was a very different time in the National Football League. For the New England Patriots, Super Bowl XXXVI was where it all began. It was the start of the Brady/Belichick dynasty that we are constantly reminded of today, game after game. It was also the first Super Bowl after the events of 9/11 and featured a half time show from U2, whom many considered one the greatest of half time shows.
Couple Brady's speed getting rid of the ball with Scarnecchia's expertise and guile as offensive line coach, add a sprinkle of the brilliance of Josh McDaniels' offensive play calling, then add the cherry of having the greatest NFL coach in history in Bill Belichick, and you know full well that this dynasty isn't anywhere near done yet.
Yes, yes, we've heard it all season, haven't we? We've heard it for years, actually: The New England Patriots' dynasty is over, and years of obscurity are to follow. We never learn, do we?
New England Patriots reached an 11th Super Bowl, the ninth of the Tom Brady and Bill Belichick era, as they edged out the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime after a thrilling AFC Championship game on Sunday night at a cold and snowy Arrowhead Stadium.
New England used Sunday's division matchup with the Los Angeles Chargers to remind the rest of the league that they cannot be counted out as Super Bowl contenders.