What does NE have in common with ARI, ATL, CAR, CHI, DEN, DET, IND, LVR, LAC, MIA, NYJ, PIT, and WAS? None of those teams have won a playoff game since the Patriots last won the Super Bowl. That's 14 teams . . . 44% of the league. Sure, no one wants to be in that grouping, but it's not like NE is one of two teams that haven't won a playoff game the past 4 years. Yes, other teams are closer to making and winning a playoff game than NE is. But it's not like NE is suddenly a 3-win team year after year.That was February 3rd of 2019. It's not ancient history, but in this football life, it's damn close.
As for the part about Zappe and $485K in dead cap money, that's barely a blip on the radar. Having to eat $12.8M against the cap for Jonnu is a deep gash. Having to swallow $6.2M NEXT year for McCourty is another deep wound. Wasting almost $2.4M in cap space for Jake Bailey is another body blow. But the hit for Zappe is more like a paper cut.
One of the keys to BB's success was doing your job, being results-based and not making excuses...that helped separate them from the pack and was something the local fans loved...now it appears it is all about excuse-making and just being like all the other teams...BB of old would cut BB of today in a mili-second....I miss the old days with BB.