The Patriots’ season was a failure.But we're not talking rational, folks, we're talking Shank:
The rational part of our brain wants to congratulate the Patriots for exceeding preseason expectations and compiling the best record in the NFL.
All good. But the reality is that this season goes down as a failure because of what happened Sunday. And because of what should have happened Sunday.Shank, however, was singing a slightly different tune two months ago:
No one thought the Patriots had a chance to get back to the big games again this year. But this is proving to be a year in which anything is possible in the NFL and that includes a deep run by Belichick and the Patriots. The Pats play at home on Sunday against the Indianapolis Colts. It's another gigantic challenge for the High Priest of the Hooded Sweatshirt.Looks to me like Shank, as always, raised his expectations to unreasonable levels after Belichick & the Patriots ran the table this year, and now decides to take the annual dump on them for failing to meet those unreasonable expectations. Factor in the six draft picks in the first three rounds of next year's draft, and you'd think that gives reason for optimism next year. Like we'll ever see that in a Shank Globe column...
Don't wait for Belichick to thump his chest and tell you what a great job he's doing. He's not going to admit that this season is a personal test of his football mastery. We know it's the truth and we'll have to say it for him.