Stop Crying Over The Patriots!

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Opinion editorial by WBZ NewsRadio political analyst Jon Keller

BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Everyone processes loss differently, I get that.

But I can’t understand some of the more bitter reactions to the disappointing end of the Patriots’ season.

First of all, it’s not as if we’re all unfamiliar with season-ending losses.

In the 18 seasons that Coach Belichick has been paired with Tom Brady, the team has won it all six times. According to my advanced math skills, that’s 33% of the time.

Only the spoiled and clueless are ready to run these two out of town because of a result that occurs two-thirds of the time.

Not to make excuses, but there are perfectly good reasons why things didn’t work out this year.

All teams have to deal with injuries, but if our defense seemed to stumble in the season’s final weeks, maybe the injuries to key defenders like Patrick Chung and Jason McCourty had something to do with it.

Losing our center in pre-season did no favors for the offensive line.

And don’t forget, we lost arguably the two most important members of our offense after Brady, kicker Stephen Gostkowski and Gronk, whose retirement did serious damage to our pass-catching and pass-and-run blocking.

But instead of wallowing in defeat, why not re-focus on the future?

There are several good-looking tight ends available in the draft. Let's get one.

We have plenty of time to get better receivers and devise better strategies for dealing with our competition.

If Brady leaves, it’s a problem.

But if he stays, chances are the gloom-and-doomers will look silly come this time next year.

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