With Amendola for Welker and a handful of unproven rookies for Lloyd and Hernandez, the Patriots have taken major steps backward on offense.
All the work put into this defense was absolutely warranted. I mean, there are top picks at every turn out there right now. And, at least on paper, this unit should finally be decent enough to keep this team in games when the offense sputters.
But there is no life after Brady yet, here in Patriots country. This comes from the guy (me) who called to trade him away in the offseason to re-stock this franchise and look ahead.
Lose Brady now — with nothing in return — and the season is toast.