Patriots Fans: Quit Whining and Watch Some Football!

Jim BouchardCorrespondent ISeptember 8, 2009

FOXBORO, MA - SEPTEMBER 03:  Richard Seymour #93 of the New England Patriots looks on before the game against the New York Giants on September 3, 2009 at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, Massachusetts.  (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

OK, Seymour is gone. Here we go again.

Lawyer Milloy…gone: Pats win.

Drew Bledsoe…gone: Pats win.

Patton, Givens, Andruzzi, Asante Samuel:...Hey, I was in the stands yelling “Pay the man!” after his 3 picks against the Jets, but here we go again, and again and again!

There are realities to face in the modern game. No team can afford to keep high-priced veterans happy by sacrificing the consistent future performance of the team. If there’s value for someone likely to make a stand to build a retirement nest-egg, then grab it.

It’s very likely that Richard Seymour would be making such a stand next year, who can blame him? NFL football is a tough business with a very short and unpredictable career path.

While some fans are wondering about Belichick’s loyalty to his veteran players, wonder just as much about what Seymour’s loyalty would be next year as ex-Patriot leadership in Kansas City, Houston and Cleveland started throwing some chips on the table.

Belichick has a proven track record of successful succession at every position on the field. I’ve got to admit the one that hurt me the most was Adam Vinatieri…to the Colts! Now we’re watching Steven Gostowski emerge as one of the premier kickers in the league; in fact he’s way ahead of Adam’s early career progress.

One of the most exciting dynamics to watch in the salary cap era is to see how fast a coaching staff and remaining veterans can bond a unit.

The Pats seem to have something special in the Foxboro water supply because it seems that no matter who steps on the field in September, and no matter how short their contract may be, the Patriots are consistently a team.

In an age where the name on the back sometimes does mean more than the badge on the helmet, the Pats continue to build championship quality teams: quickly!

Stop worrying and whining about who is coming and going. It’s just another exciting part of the Patriots experience to see who he’s going to dress for game one. Let’s see who is going to become the next under-rated draft pick to follow in Tom Brady’s lineage, or who is going to be the next reform school cast-off to walk in the shadow of Corey Dillon and Randy Moss.

No, there are no worries when Bill Belichick makes a big move. We’ll start worrying when he hangs up that dingy grey hoodie!

Flash: Seymour Ready to Hold Out for Contract Extension...

Do you think the Pats knew about this before emptying Seymour's locker? And you thought SpyGate was a big deal!

Richard Seymour has announced that he's ready to sit out this season and take his losses to get a long-term deal with the Raiders.