New England Patriots haters were in their element last season, as the six-time champions stumbled to their worst record and missed the playoffs for the first time in 13 years.
However, they better have enjoyed the Patriots’ demise while it lasted, because if we know anything about Bill Belichick, it’s that he doesn’t plan on being on the bottom for very long.
Nothing proved that more than New England’s busy offseason, in which they spent the most money in free agency in franchise history.
While the Patriots’ roster still has its weaknesses, the front office did an outstanding job to patch up some of the leaks from last season.
Despite that, however, haters insist on bashing New England’s roster while failing to realize how much it improved this offseason. In fact, all you need is one quick browse on social media to see how many lies these cynics tell themselves about the Pats’ new-look collection of talent.
Haters keep telling themselves these three lies about the Patriots’ roster.
3. “Spending money won’t equate to winning.”
For their standards, New England enjoyed an unprecedented offseason, as the front office doled out significantly north of $200 million in free agency.
As we know, the Patriots are notorious for pinching their pennies every offseason. While that mostly pertains to signing free agents, it also entails parting ways with impact players on expiring deals, including Malcolm Butler, Jamie Collins, and most recently, Joe Thuney.
In any event, the Patriots received backlash for splurging as much as they did this offseason because flexing your wallet to this extent rarely equates to winning.
Who cares about how much money the Patriots spent this year?
While the numbers back that notion — the Jaguars and Jets have had minimal success despite ranking first and second among NFL teams in most money spent over the last eight seasons — have we not learned that the Patriots aren’t a regular franchise?
For starters, they were winning titles just for fun during Tom Brady’s final years. Further, the Saints rank third on the list, and you can debate whether they’ve been the most successful non-Patriots team over the last decade (they’ve recorded seven winning seasons during that span).
What does that tell you? You can crunch all the numbers you want. We refuse to believe the Patriots’ payroll will contribute to their demise in 2021. In fact, we’d argue it’ll be the biggest reason (other than Belichick, of course) that they get back on track.