Patriots have hurt themselves in NFL Draft

To be honest, all this Tom talk has me spinning.

As much as the focus for the debacle that was the 2019 New England Patriots is on TB12 and his immediate future, Brady was not the reason the New England Patriots are on the outside looking in, losers to the Tennessee Titans on Saturday in the, gulp, Wild Card round of the NFL playoffs.

He’s old, now 42. He’s brittle … see the reported foot and elbow injuries. And he’s slowed down, haven’t we all?

He’s still easily a top 10 quarterback in football.

Tom Brady lost to Ryan Tannehill on Saturday night because his supporting cast smells.

Offense, defense, the New England Patriots face a severe talent deficit. And for that, the blame goes on Bill Belichick and Nick Caserio.

This is a football team which has been decimated by poor drafts.

The lack of talent on the field has been so brilliantly displayed over the last nine games, in which the Patriots went 4-5.

Brady covered up the cracks for nearly two decades. That’s done. He couldn’t make chicken salad this year. Not with the likes of Jakobi Meyers, Ryan Izzo and N’Keal Harry playing lead roles.

Kirk Cousins, of all gagging quarterbacks, actually won this week. Of course, when you see that he’s working with Stefon Diggs, Adam Thielen, Dalvin Cook and Kyle Rudolph, with five Pro Bowls between them, you understand why.

Brady has to salivate when he sees these other teams.

Look at the last five draft classes. Malcolm Brown, Jordan Richards, Cyrus Jones and Duke Dawson are all first or second rounders no longer here.

Geneo Grissom and Tony Garcia are failed third-rounders.

The best picks from this time?

Trey Flowers was a fourth-rounder in 2015. He’s now in Detroit. Shaq Mason (fourth, 2015) and Joe Thuney (third, 2016) are legit full-time starters, bordering on Pro Bowls. They are also guards.

Sony Michel is your impact guy. The 2018 first-rounder averaged 3.7 yards per rush this year on a team that absolutely needed him.

There is a reason that Caserio is no longer mentioned around the NFL for jobs. He was a hot commodity. Now?

His contract is up this spring. And you’re hearing crickets.

Talent deficient. This roster is absolutely flawed. The defense, riding a hot streak against a pathetic first-half schedule, helped hide it.

If you don’t draft well for long stretches, you don’t win in the NFL, unless you’re quarterback is piecing together a legendary career.

When Ryan Fitzpatrick ripped you up in Week 17 through the air, followed by Derrick Henry’s emasculation of the “Boogeymen” on Saturday night, everything was exposed.

And it’s not pretty.

Contact Hector Longo at 594-1253 or hlongo@nashuatelegraph.com.