By Danny Picard
BOSTON — What planet am I on?
Certainly not the one where having the No. 1 seed in the playoffs and being the favorite to win the Super Bowl is an admirable position. Absolutely not the one where you can take pleasure in watching the greatest coach and quarterback of all-time continue to be at the top of their game.
What if I told you, in 2018, as the Patriots begin their quest for a sixth championship, people in New England would be talking about trading Bill Belichick for draft picks? Or, even better, what if I told you these same people would be ready to move on from Tom Brady during a season in which he’ll most likely be crowned regular-season MVP for the third time in his career?
Sounds like a disturbing 30-for-30 promo that details the moment everybody lost their [expletive] minds.
“Oh, Danny, don’t spill any of that the Kool-Aid on your Patriots jersey while typing,” some are probably saying.
I can hear them now. Because that’s what it’s come to. I actually have to defend myself against people who have brainwashed themselves into thinking it’s now a sign of weakness and “homerism” to find enjoyment in my hometown football team being the best in the league, still.
Look, if the Patriots lose to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday night, then they deserve to be criticized and crushed by fans and media. But, if what I’ve been watching over the last 16 games isn’t a figment of my imagination, then I don’t see how they could possibly lose this Divisional Round game at home.
I expect the Patriots to advance to their seventh straight AFC Championship. Others, like ESPN’s Seth Wickersham, expect Belichick to pack his bags and leave town, regardless of what happens the rest of the playoffs.