DATELINE: What Follows
Fans may be a little disconcerted to learn that, if Bill Belichick leaves the New England Patriots in a snit, he will destroy everything he has created and leave mere ashes to his successor, whoever that dumb associate is.
If you think Josh McDaniels or Matt Patricia is prepared to pick up the pieces, or capable of saving the franchise, you will not be surprised they are moving onward.
Scorched Earth will mean that whatever is left will be in a messy state: like an aging Brady and his guru Guerrero running the team. Doddering Robert Kraft will surrender more power to his dim-wit son. We’ve seen in other cases of primogeniture how that works out in the NFL.
Will Bill depart after this season, perhaps with yet another Super Bowl trophy, and return the Pats back to their pathetic Patsie ways before he arrived? Ah, yes, the happy days of Pete Carroll!
Look at what may happen. The Patriots will have a 41-year-old quarterback on his last legs. His successor-in-emergency will be Brian Hoyer, a man who has lost in seven franchises.
Coordinators Josh McDaniels and Matt Patricia will happily move on to other teams.
Front office genius Nick Caserio will leave for greener pastures.
Without Jimmy G, the Patriot future is bleak. Perhaps he will re-sign in free agency.
Otherwise, Brian Hoyer will mostly help the aging Brady on and off the field for the next five to ten years.
|It was always the strategy of the Roman emperors to leave the nation in worse hands after his departure.
The logic was that the former emperor, now gone, will be much better appreciated if those taking up his job and his successors are deplorable.
Time and time again in Ancient Rome, the Empire crumbled because worse and worse emperors followed each other, rewarded because they would insure the previous leader was missed, appreciated, and honored.
There is no head coach on earth who can follow Bill Belichick. The crying of fans will have just begun.
What comes in his wake when he leaves is the fall of the Patriot Empire.