This has to be deja vu: another year the Pats are predicted to win the Super Bowl. This has to be getting old, isn't it? I'll start out by saying this: I'm not even a New England fan. I actually hate everything about Boston, but I appreciate the fact that someone still knows how to run a football team.
Here is my one and only reason why I think, scratch that, I know that Pats are winning the Super Bowl: FREE AGENCY. That's right, free agency. New England had by far the best free agent signings. I know what you're thinking, and yes, it is amusing. Who did they sign, exactly? There weren't any huge free agents added to their roster, just those guys that fit the mold...you know, Belichick guys.
For starters, they signed Fred Taylor. Most of you are thinking, he's old and past his prime, which are arguable points, but don't be too fast to judge. He's actually going to get to play behind a good line, and he's not the main guy. Plus, he's a beast; nobody works harder than this guy. He's the perfect fit for the Pats, a great complement to Maroney.
Then they signed Joey Galloway, another one of those over-the-hill guys, but I guarantee he still runs faster than most number one receivers in the league. This guy is a great fit, perfect to go with Welker and Moss.
Add in Shawn Springs and Leigh Bodden, two veteran defensive backs that again are Belichick guys. They fit the mold of New England's defense, they both add that savvy that is needed. With the loss of Asante Samuel a year ago, these two should fill the gap, maybe not as well, but they will do.
They also got Chris Baker, who may not seem like a big sign, but with Brady throwing the ball to him, this one is a no-brainer.
Add along the fact that they still have Moss, Welker, and oh yeah, TOM BRADY. New England is poised for another title run. The team's defense is getting old, and Adalius Thomas needs to step up to his contract. The team did lose its defensive leader in Mike Vrabel, but the core is still in place. Jerod Mayo had an incredible rookie season and looks to build on that. These guys have to be the favorite going into this season, so mark your calenders.