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The post-Tom Brady era in New England could be better.

After Sunday’s defeat to Buffalo Bills, the Patriots lost four in a row – their worst streak in 18 years. New England are on track to quickly miss the playoffs for just the third time in two decades.

During his weekly radio interview on WEEI in Boston, Patriots coach Bill Belichick showed defensiveness when asked about his remarks from an interview on Sirius XM NFL Radio last week. for the reason of limited salary for the team in-depth issues.

“I didn’t say it as an excuse. I never said that,” Belichick said. “Look, we paid Cam Newton a million dollars. Obviously we have no money. It’s nobody’s fault.

“That’s what we’ve been doing for the past five years. We sold out tickets and won three Super Bowl games, played in the fourth and played in an AFC championship match. This year we have little to do. More work. That’s not an excuse. That’s just the truth. “

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Brady’s departure to Tampa Bay was just the beginning of an out-of-season exodus in New England. No team has been worse affected by players opting out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic. The Patriots had eight players who opted out, including the back-up for Pro Bowl Dont’a Hightower, veteran safety-keeper Patrick Chung, and began handling the attack on Marcus Cannon.

The Newton signing, hailed as a potential genius at the end of June, did not go as exactly as expected. A positive COVID-19 test resulted in former Carolina Panthers and NFL MVP stars in 2015 leaving the field in a Week 4 match against Kansas City Chiefs, the team that New England lost, and the Patriots team have not won since. come back.

Newton’s pass numbers during the season (2 TDs, 7 INTs, 190.5 yards per game) are average. During one pivotal moment of Sunday’s game, when his teammates were in a forced-to-score position and were still trying to get a potential win score, Newton fumbled with the ball in one. scrambled to bring about a rare win for the Bills over the Patriots.

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