The off-season after winning the Super Bowl is supposed to be one of the most enjoyable for any team in the NFL.
However for the New England Patriots, this past off-season has been nothing short of a nightmare for a variety of reasons.
No reason to smile in New England?
The Patriots have been the subject of the now infamous Deflate-gate controversy while the fans have also seen many stars of their Super Bowl winning team depart for new homes.
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Vince Wilfork, Darrelle Revis, Shane Vereen and Brandon Browner are all players who have departed the champions this year leaving Bill Belichick and his coaches to almost assemble a new team.
Meanwhile it is off the field controversies which are dominating the headlines following the countless tangents the Deflate-gate controversy has caused.
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Cheating claims against the Patriots are nothing new but now it appears that an old one may have re-emerged.
Once again, claims that the Patriots bugged the changing room of the visiting teams at Gillette Stadium have been put under the spotlight by Tom Brady's biggest rival, Peyton Manning.
The claims haven't been brought up by Manning personally, but by his coach during his years with the Indianapolis Colts, Tony Dungy.
"As Peyton talked to guys who played for the Patriots and some of the guys who came over [to the Colts], whether it is true or not, he treated it as true and we didn't have a lot of strategy discussed inside the locker room [at Gillette Stadium]." - Dungy on how Manning acted at Gillette Stadium
Whatever your opinion on Manning or the Patriots, the question is would one of the greatest quarterbacks in history be so cautious without a good reason?
A big year ahead
New England have a huge year coming up following their Super Bowl success as they are now in one of the most improved divisions in the NFL.
The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills have all improved this off-season while the Patriots have arguably lost more than they've gained.
Could New England's dominance in the AFC East be coming to an end? Only time will tell.
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