Orlovsky: Cracks Showing In New England

Dan Orlovsky believes 2018 will signal "a changing of the guard" for the Patriots

Taz and the Moose
July 25, 2018 - 10:24 am

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Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and the New England Patriots have been a model of consistency and success for almost two decades, but the 2018 season could be the beginning of the end for this wildly successful duo.

“I know the narrative is they handle the outside noise better than anybody,” ESPN NFL analyst Dan Orlovsky said on Taz & The Moose. “Well, it’s been the noisiest offseason for them ever. Tom Brady is a year older. I know he's one of the greatest ever and he’s defied all kinds of odds. But he’s a year older, and they lost a lot of production. If you look at (Danny) Amendola and Dion Lewis and (Brandin) Cooks, that’s 150 catches and like 12 touchdowns. Gone.”

As a matter of fact, that trio combined for 158 catches, 1,955 receiving yards, 936 rushing yards, and 18 touchdowns.

“For a 41-year-old quarterback, that’s a big deal,” Orlovsky said. “For your starting left tackle to be gone, that’s a big deal. They’ve won so many games for so many years in a row, but this is the loudest it’s ever been for an offseason for them, and I think that you could start seeing the cracks start to show – and those cracks are bigger and bigger and bigger. This is the start of a changing of the guard over there in so many different ways.”

The Patriots open the season against Houston on Sept. 9. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. ET.