New England fans are passionate fans, but with our passion there is great greed. We have become accustomed to winning around here, three super bowl titles (four appearances), a near perfect season, two world series titles, and one NBA championship. Unmatched out of all is the greed of Patriots nation. Now we were robbed of a 4th ring this decade by a series of unfortunate events, now i think the mighty are back after a seasons hiatus and are prime to win not just one ring, but two in a row.
Most people have the Patriots as favorites to win there 4th super bowl title this season, i have them as favorites to win the next two. Here's one reason why: This year the Patriots have what most would call a problem with a few big names to re-sign come next off-season, Vince Wilfork, Richard Seymour, and Logan Mankins. What most see as cause for concern, I see as promise. While i'm not overly concerned with Mankins, Wilfork and Seymour are huge parts to the puzzle that will be hard to replace. What most fail to realize that while Wilforks potential hold-out causes potential concern, a deal will most likely get done. Reason no. 1, a happy Wilfork will cause havoc for opposing offensive-lines. I believe the best thing for his production is to give him his reward for being the best player on our defense the last 2-3 seasons, he will reward us with his best seasons yet.
With Seymour the situation is slightly different, hindered by injuries his past few seasons he seems to be coming back to form. last year he matched his highest sack total of his career with eight. He also started 15 games last year after a few seasons where the injuries not only kept him out of games but limited the production of the ones he did play in. Oh,and i here he is coming into a contract year looking for that second big contract that few get a chance to get. Reason number 2, I think he's prime for a monster 2009 season. After 2009 i think the Pats put them self into a great position to continue with Seymour for at least one more season with the franchise tag. I think Seymour will play under the tag for one year in a kind of Samuel-like situation in 2007, with the promise not to again be tagged in 2011. Seymour, Wilfork, and lets not forget about Warren, who will get his motivation from the others, all playing at pro-bowl levels, form the most dominant defensive line in the NFL, scary to go along with the most dominant offense, with a hungry Brady.
So where most view the contract problems as a negative and a problem to deal with, i see them as a great position the team is in to put together two more titles while the Tom Terrific is still terrific. With another great off-season Bill has this team in an amazing position as usual and with a few more drafts maybe my greed is underestimated maybe i'm really thinking about 3-4 more titles. I keep pinching myself ... ouch, that's good pain, thank god this isn't a dream.