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February 3, 2014

Pats must 'Go for it!' immediately

Time is now or never for Patriots in Brady Era

Here are three words for New England Patriots owner Bob Kraft, football CEO and coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady and, what the heck, shutdown cornerback Aqib Talib (who appears to be a very important employee) in 2014.

Go for it.

No, I really mean it.

That is not to be confused with “competing for a championship” or “winning the division, getting a bye and hosting the AFC Championship.”

Those goals have been written on the walls of Gillette Stadium walls for much of the last decade.

And while they are important, and most accomplished, they aren’t strong enough as we enter the latter stages of this incredible run.

The New England Patriots need to treat the next 12 months a little differently than they have, trying to win now, somewhat, with an eye on the future.

The only thing that matters is winning the 2015 Super Bowl in Glendale, Arizona.

Even if this Belichick-Brady Era blew up tomorrow, history is going to treat the last dozen years around here very, very well. They will be one of the best franchises on one of the greatest runs in NFL history.

Sure, they might not be the Packers of the 1960s or the Bill Walsh-Joe Montana-Steve Young 49ers over the '80s and '90s, but they’re very close.

The funny thing is that most people feel the Patriots biggest issue centers around Brady and his weapons. He needs a healthy Rob Gronkowski. And he needs more.

But is that really the issue keeping the Patriots at three Super Bowl titles?

Or is it that Brady can’t do it alone

Wasn’t last night another example of one guy, who I guaranteed would pull it off, isn’t enough.

The Seattle Seahawks are a cocky bunch. But the best message coming from their dominance last night was they really didn’t have an MVP.

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