Patriots Early Playoff Exit Sucks, but It Ain't That Bad!

Joe GillCorrespondent IIJanuary 17, 2011

The loss to the Jets sucked, but the Pats still have a bright future.
The loss to the Jets sucked, but the Pats still have a bright future.Elsa/Getty Images

Yes, the Patriots got manhandled by the New York Jets in the AFC playoffs.

They are one-and-done for the second year in a row. No Super Bowl for season No. 7.

Does it suck?

Hell yes, but it is not the end of the world, Patriots nation. Granted, I'd rather be dipped in honey and thrown into a cave of starving grizzlies than lose to the J-E-T-S.

I hate them.

I despise them.

Sitting in the stands at Gillette and seeing the Jets celebrate in our house made me sick to my stomach. So, I am actually rooting for the Steelers (the other team I loathe) to beat "Gang Green."

I guess I’ll go with the groper over the foot lover.

Pats fans, do you know how lucky we have it? This team has not had a losing record in 10 freaking years! They have won three Super Bowls!  I hear these fools on sports radio call for Belichick to be fired, to trade Brady and wish Moss was still here.

Would you rather be living in Cleveland? Carolina? Cincy? San Fran? Houston?

Hey, New England, it ain’t that bad!

The Patriots have a very bright future. They have a talented young core of players on both sides of the ball.

They hit the draft jackpot in 2010. We witnessed the emergence of Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronkowski (borderline Pro Bowl tight end), Brandon Spikes, Jermaine Cunningham and arguably the defensive rookie of the year in Devin McCourty. The team has six picks in the first three rounds of 2011.

The Patriots went 14-2 and had the best record in football. They beat the Steelers and Ravens.  They crushed the Jets and Bears.

They still have Tom Brady coming off a NFL MVP season. They still have the best coach in football history in Bill Belichick. It could be a lot worse. Remember the days of Hugh Millen and Dick MacPherson?

I know it hurts and stings like an ocean full of pissed off jellyfish. The stunning loss versus the Jets left us with a bad taste in our mouths, but the Patriots will go on and they will only get better. They will learn from this failure and will remember the Jets showboating on their home field.

They will be fueled by revenge and redemption. They will have the fire back in the bellies. They will be a favorite to go to the Super Bowl.

So, Patriots nation, remember, it ain’t that bad!