New England Patriots will miss out on the NFL's end of season playoffs.
Crazy statement for some but maybe logical for others, depending on your NFL persuasion.
But let me first issue a disclaimer. This is a Twitter style one. These are the thoughts of me the writer and not my organization.
Do not take these opinions as facts etc etc.
Back to the topic. The New England Patriots. Yes, the team that will always dominate. The unrelenting partnership of head coach Bill Belichick and Tom Brady that will go down in NFL folklore.
But wait a minute. Didn't all the great NFL quarterback and coach tandems end at some point?
Some died over time, but some also disappeared from thin air like a balloon full of helium that you only let go of for a split-second.
And the Bill Belichick and Tom Brady demise will be the latter. (Remember the prediction and my own thoughts part earlier).
So why will the Belichick and Brady partnership end so swiftly and why is it relevant to the 2014 NFL season that has just begun?
Well for one, the Patriots face a tough task this year of trying to battle head to head against two teams within their AFC East division that have the potential to make the playoffs.
The Miami Dolphins already displayed their potential this season by unceremoniously destroying the Pats in week one.
Now I know what you're thinking. It was only 33-20. But the way Miami dominated with the run game is something that should worry Patriots' fans.
But forget the Patriots week one loss for a moment. There is something much more dangerous brewing in the Pats' camp that has the potential to destroy the Brady and Belichick relationship, and that is the continued anger Brady has shown towards the Logan Mankins trade.
Brady is a great quarterback, don't get me wrong, but for the best part of 13 years he has played behind one of the best offensive lines in the history of the NFL.
Mankins was part of that historic team, and the way he was unceremoniously traded has not sat well with Brady.
Brady is famous for his calm and cool approach. He's the ice man, cool as can be. But one of the reasons he has been so good is best expressed by the song from the band Fountains of Wayne, "All kinds of time."
Check out the video below if you have no idea what I'm talking about.
And although losing Mankins shouldn't be key to Brady's downfall, it's that mental thing of having something taken away from you.
Brady and Belichick have never really publicly disagreed over team decisions before, so the Mankins trade could well be a dear diary moment in their relationship.
Not convinced the internal turmoil and lack of protection will cause Brady problems this season? Well here's the kicker and the most important reason why the Pats will not make the playoffs.
No great threats
It's kind of two-fold but mainly revolves around one critical problem.
The Patriots have a terrible receiving corp.
Tom Brady's best option is Rob Gronkowski, but the tight end will not get back to his best in 2014. He may get touchdowns but yards will not be his speciality.
Another decent option is Julian Edelman. He's a good player no doubt, but he's not Wes Welker. With top receivers around him he would be more threatening, but as the number one threat he doesn't work.
Kenbrell Thompkins is also not a number one receiving option, and Danny Amendola will fail to fulfil his true potential like we saw in flashes at the St Louis Rams because his injury issues have made him a shadow of his former self.
Add a suspect defense that will put even more pressure on Tom Brady and co to score points, and the Pats will need a miracle to make the playoffs. Just an opinion remember.
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