New England Patriots: Bill Parcells does not worry about possible drama
By Nick Ziegler
It has been a very busy offseason for the New England Patriots filled with some drama. Recently, Bill Parcells said he doesn’t think much of any of it.
After losing in the Super Bowl to the Philadelphia Eagles, the offseason has been filled with storylines for the New England Patriots.
Shortly after the loss, it was reported that Rob Gronkowski was considering retirement. For Gronkowski, he has been an elite player in the NFL and one of the best tight ends we have ever seen. However, injuries have been an issue for Gronkowski, and he suffered a concussion in the win against the Jacksonville Jaguars in AFC Championship Game last season.
In the offseason, it also was reported that Tom Brady didn’t commit to playing in the upcoming season. Despite some drama, all seems to be in order for the Patriots heading into the 2018 season. Recently Bill Parcells talked about some of the distractions surrounding the team lately. Here’s what he had to say to Gary Meyers of the Athletic.
"I don’t pay any attention to that. Nobody knows what’s what exactly. You are just hearing gossip and conjecture and opinion. I don’t put much stock in that. Having been in a position myself as a head coach, a lot of things are said about an organization, the coaching staff and the owner. Some of the things are just flat-out not true. Yet they get out and they get publicized because they make good headlines. The only thing you’ve got to do is watch the product on the field. When the season starts, all this offseason stuff, it doesn’t mean anything. Nothing."
For the Patriots, these distractions are a bit strange for them, as everything is usually kept in-house rather well. However, it doesn’t appear like any of the rumors and drama will be resulting in any major changes on the field.
Both Gronkowski and Brady are expected to be playing next season now, and that is obviously what is most important to the team. The Patriots have been one of the most successful franchises in all of sports for the last two decades, and it was just a matter of time for them to have some drama one of these years.
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However, with strong leadership from ownership on down in the franchise, the Patriots should be able to handle any possible distractions and have a strong 2018 season. As the favorites to win the AFC once again next season, the Patriots could very well be playing for their sixth ring early in 2019.