Following the Patriots loss to the Ravens, standout defensive player Rob Ninkovich stated that the Patriots dynasty era is over
"That whole era is over with. It's gone," said Ninkovich of the New England teams that won Super Bowls XXXVI, XXXVIII and XXXIX, via WEEI.com. "So this is a whole new team. It's a different bunch of guys. We all have to experience it and learn for ourselves what it's like. Getting in the Super Bowl last year and losing left a bad taste in my mouth."
I don't really think there is much to argue about with his statement, he is honestly speaking the truth. The Patriots were an undoubted dynasty when they won three super bowls in four years, but they haven't won one since.
|With each playoff loss, the Patriots Dynasty years become an increasingly distant memory|
They have been by far the best team in the NFL during that stretch in terms of overall winning percentage, playoff appearances, conference championships, and most offensive production; but dynasties are determined by Super Bowl rings, and it has been nearly a decade since the Patriots had one of those.
And there is no arguing the fact that the dynasty era of the Patriots is a thing of the past.
The article the Nink quote was taken from raises several good points about the difficult decisions that will need to be made this off-season regarding some of the most important Patriots players.
But there's no reason to believe off season improvements and dominant play next season won't spark another championship caliber Patriots season. But a lot of serious decisions will have to be made between then ago now.