They finally did it. They finally hit rock bottom. Facing a Dolphins team without their two Pro Bowl-caliber offensive weapons in Mike Gesicki and DaVante Parker, the Patriots looked poised to take care of business and win ugly in Miami.
It didn’t happen.
The Tebow offense couldn’t move the ball with any consistency, and despite getting countless breaks, they managed just 9 measly points. Cam Newton has now gone 17 straight games without throwing more than one touchdown pass. Yet Belichick refuses to make a quarterback change despite Newton’s historically bad season.
Defensively, the Patriots were an abject disaster. The Dolphins came into the game last in the NFL in yards-per-carry, yet they absolutely gashed their run defense to the tune of 250 yards and 3 touchdowns. Chase Winovich and Josh Uche (players with actual talent) watched from sidelines, as useless bums like Tashawn Bower and Terez Hall let noted superstar running-backs Salvon Ahmed and Matt Breida run through their faces.
This season has been a complete and total disaster. It’s honestly a miracle this terrible roster was able to win six games this year. For the first time since 2008, the Patriots won’t participate in the playoffs despite the NFL adding an extra playoff spot this season.
Watching Newton play is utterly embarrassing. I’ve never seen a quarterback with less poise and awareness in my entire life. Taking a sack on 4th and 3 to end the game was a fitting end to the game, and hopefully his career as a Patriot. Jarrett Stidham should undoubtedly start the next two games of the season. If he doesn’t then why is he on the roster? If he isn’t good enough to play in two meaningless games, he has literally zero value and isn’t worth his salary.
The next two weeks should be an evaluation of the last two years’ draft picks. Uche, Winovich, Jennings, Joejuan Williams, Asiasi, Keene, and Stidham should play close to every snap for the remainder of the season. There is no reason to play Newton, Jason McCourty, John Simon, Terez Hall, or any other JAG who won’t be part of the team’s future. It’s important to figure out which of the young guys can play and which can’t crack the 2021 roster.
It also wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world if the Pats dropped both this week’s game vs. Buffalo and next week’s tilt against the Jets to improve their draft positioning. Their are some legit quarterbacks at the top of the draft, and Belichick and co. should do everything in their power to get one.