The New England Patriots have endured a lot of misfortune in recent times with Wednesday’s arrest of Aaron Hernandez being the tip of the iceberg when the former Patriots tight end was charged with murder resulting in him being cut from New England’s roster. The fact that the franchise lost its best receiver in the shape of Wes Welker this off-season to AFC rivals the Denver Broncos, albeit the Patriots’ decision, in hindsight you would say that it may be a slight regret considering that the team have just lost another one of its offensives best weapons due to these unfortunate circumstances. The franchise made the right decision in immediately cutting ties with Aaron Hernandez as you can’t condone what he has done and now the Patriots will move forward to prepare for the 2013 NFL season.
New England have faced adversity before and are looking to bounce back from the teams unfortunate defeat in the AFC title game on January 20th this year which saw the Patriots uncharacteristically crumble in the second quarter after leading at halftime; Tom Brady & co were previously 67-0 in games when leading at halftime before that defeat and had also never lost an AFC championship game at home until the 28-13 loss. Considering the sour defeat, the loss of key players and the fact that the New England Patriots haven’t won a Super Bowl since 2004 despite appearing in two since you could say that now more than ever that the franchise is staring adversity straight in the face. The argument of not winning a Super Bowl since the Spygate saga, albeit not a valid point, has still not been put to bed giving rival fans something to annoy Patriots supporters with and the wounds have never truly healed after missing out on a shot of redemption when they lost against the Giants at Super Bowl XLVI after the New Yorkers previously defeated the Patriots in Super Bowl XLII when the team had a shot at perfection after going in to the game 18-0.
2013 looks to be a big challenge for Bill Belichick and his team as his defense continues to develop through young talent whilst the offense sees Tom Brady line up without three of his top four offensive weapons from the 2012 campaign as Rob Gronkowski is recovering from multiple surgeries and is in a race against time to be fit for the start of the season. Despite the fact that Brady has no top receivers he always succeeds but it is safe to say that at almost 36 years old and with the window for a coveted 4th Super Bowl championship closing recent events have given Brady possibly his biggest challenge to date. Now is the time to stand up and be counted and who else could the Patriots ask for as their leader other than Tom Brady as he is a man who strives to win and that winning mentality runs strong throughout the entire New England organisation. Tom Brady knows what it is like to be in a tough spot as when he first came in to the league he was written off with many people expecting little of the former 6th round pick out of Michigan but nevertheless he went on to win his first Super Bowl as a second year QB when he came in to replace the injured Drew Bledsoe as the teams starter.