With OTA's in full force for most NFL team's, one has to wonder what is going on in Foxboro. It has been awfully quiet in this part of the NFL region, something that may not bode well for on-comer's in the form of NFL's Franchise's.
The Patriots offseason has been relatively quiet thus far, with most of the noise coming in the form of Quarterback Tom Brady's sudden "Non-Elite" (insert laughing really hard face here) status. They have also had a pretty productive offseason and a decent draft, signing the like's of Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis to shore up their defensive backfield, signing Brandon LaFell and resigning Julian Edelman for their wideout's, bringing in young talent on the defensive line, and some potential undrafted gem's in the tight end department. They have gone about their business since losing the AFC Championship game in Denver where they were shredded on both side's of the ball. How does a team like New England fly under the radar since that game?
Well, the answer is fairly simple. The Seattle Seahawks won the Super Bowl for starters, thoroughly dominating the Denver Broncos. Richard Sherman's antic's and contract have stolen a lot of the headline's. Russell Wilson is in commercial's. The Denver Broncos retooled real quick, adding the like's of Aqib Talib, DeMarcus Ware, T.J. Ward, Emmanual Sanders. Colin Kaepernick was in the new's far too many time's with the police report's (which he was essentially a bystander), receiving a mammoth contract extension from the 49ers, also retooling their offense. Even the New York Jets signings of Eric Decker, Chris Johnson, and Michael Vick have received more attention then what has transpired in New England.
How does a team win um-teen Division Title's, reach the AFC Championship a bunch of time's, and consistently win 10 game's more go unnoticed?
The fact of the matter is this. The Patriots LOVE it. Keep the attention elsewhere. They don't need it. They can just focus on football and getting healthy. Getting ready to take it to every team they face next season. They are able to focus. Head Coach Bill Belichick love's the peace and quiet. Because when it is time, his team will be ready, they will look to thoroughly dominate everyone in every facet of the game without giving too much detail. Rob Gronkowski has, for the most part, been relatively quiet while rehabbing his ACL injury that cost his the final handful game's last season. If, and that's a big if, he stay's healthy this season, a full 16-game season for Gronk with Brady will be lethal once again. Amendola coming back healthy and another year into the system, make's him a breakout cadidate. Stevan Ridley will look to rid himself of his fumbling woes. I could go on.
Regardless, all of what is going on in Foxboro is very quiet. That in itself is very scary. The Patriots will be dangerous this season.