As disappointed as I am as a New England Patriots fan that Greg Bedard left the Boston Globe to join Peter King at his new website, MMQB (Monday Morning Quarterback), I was happy to see that his first column was about the Patriots. In the usual fashion of Bedard, he delivered a wonderful piece that provided deep insight into the Patriots unit - particularly Bill Belichick and the locker room dynamic.
Finally, Bedard closes his first column by telling his readers that if the Patriots do not win the Super Bowl this year, it is not because of Belichick's lack of game-planning or the Aaron Hernandez aversion, it will be because the Patriots simply do not have the personnel and injuries keep the team from reaching their potential. The Patriots have serious injury worries with Danny Amendola and his well-documented health problems, Rob Gronkowski has had multiple offseason surgeries, Ras-I Dowling still has not played half of a season, and Sebastian Vollmer and Aqib Talib battle small injuries regularly.
As a Patriots fan, you get used to turning a deaf ear to Patriots detractors who ignorantly state that the off-field distractions will keep the Patriots from having a successful season. If you have not learned this yet, just remember Greg Bedard's history lesson. Tom Jackson said the Patriots players hated their coach when Lawyer Milloy was released five days before the season in 2003 - they won the Super Bowl that year and Belichick held his grudge against Jackson long enough to say "fuck you" when he asked for a post-Super Bowl interview. When the Patriots accomplishments as a team were equated to their signal stealing, Belichick metaphorically said "fuck you" to everyone when he ran up the score week after week until he put up only the third undefeated regular season in NFL history.