The day after the Dallas Cowboys¡¯ 2014 season ended in a controversial 26-21 loss to Green Bay in the divisional playoffs, coach Jason Garrett saw his team¡¯s future, even if he didn¡¯t know it.
Garrett was sitting in the owner¡¯s suite at AT&T Stadium next to Cowboys legend Emmitt Smith for the first College Football Playoff National Championship between Ohio State and Oregon. At the time, it was Garrett¡¯s desire to retain Dallas RB DeMarco Murray, who led the NFL with 1,845 yards rushing that season and was set to become a free agent.
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That’s the difference between those Patriots and these Patriots.
The motivation level of the two clubs has to be the same, or perhaps even greater this time around. Instead of being lauded as the NFL’s next great dynasty, the Patriots have been sullied by an overreaching league office that’s seemingly intent on destroying Brady’s legacy. According to ESPN’s Outside the Lines, Roger Goodell pounded the Patriots over DeflateGate to appease owners who thought he conducted a hasty investigation into the Pats’ videotaping scandal eight years ago. But in the process, he nearly took down one of his league’s marquee players.
Brady will likely be back with a vengeance this season, but his wide receiving corps is lacking. Brandon LaFell will begin the year on the PUP list, which leaves the Patriots with few outside options. Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski are supposedly healthy, but they both sat out the preseason with various ailments.
Sunday against the Packers is the next big game.
Game Youth Thomas Morstead Jersey ¡°I¡¯m a competitor, that¡¯s what I expect to do,¡± Elliott said. ¡°I expect to show up in the biggest games and [it’s] kind of what I pride myself in. So I¡¯m excited for this postseason run.¡±