Patriots quarterback Tom Brady will enter his 20th season with the team, and he has won six Super Bowls under head coach Bill Belichick. Brady is the body in New England, and he’s been enjoying this role since 2001 after he became the starting quarterback of the team. There is almost zero possibility that the Patriots will slow down after their sixth Lombardi Trophy in the Brady-Belichick era. However, this doesn’t change the fact that they have to fill some empty spots on their roster. Eric Mangini talked about theis on FS1’s “First Things First.”
According to Mangini, the Patriots must take care of several areas in order to keep Brady on the field until he is 45 or more. The former NFL head coach spend some time with Belichick in New England in the early 2000s. He talked about the Patriots’ offense, and made a few points that got us thinking.
Mangini agrees that New England has to build the roster from the inside out. He believes they shouldn’t start from the outside. If you ask him, he will say that the Patriots should focus on getting a left tackle after Trent Brown became a free agent. They will also need a tight end after Rob Gronkowski decided to retire. New England missed out on several options for their slot receiver unit in the offseason.
Mangini agrees: Brady needs assistance
Mangini’s theory also involves relying on a balanced offensive attack with a diverse running game.
Brady will be playing his 20th season in the NFL and he is 42. 2018 wasn’t his best season, but he managed to bring another trophy in New England. He can’t do everything on his own, and the team better give him a hand next season. TB12 needs to be surrounded with nice players. He promised to play until 45, and achieving that will turn into a tough challenge if the team doesn’t sign capable players. They better avoid the mistakes they made in the past. It’s not like there were too many. Belichick knows how to build a roster, and his rings are the best proof of that. Let’s see what happens in 2019.