FOXBORO — A year ago, we implored New England Patriots football CEO Bill Belichick to at least exercise every possible option — “to boldly go where no man has gone before” if you will. We even asked, here in plain ink, to consider any and all potential deals for the aging but still gold-standard Tom Brady.
The coach obviously disagreed. He’s got the Hall of Fame resume and the three Super Bowl rings, and he decided to keep Brady and fill in around him. New England’s mixed results, a 12-4 regular season with yet another premature playoff exit, mirrored 2012. Good, maybe even very good, but not good enough.
So what happens now? How do the Patriots make the one last leap to greatness — attached to the Brady Era? How does Belichick win one more Super Bowl for retiring?
Here are 10 moves ... make that 10 bold moves, that Belichick should consider if winning a Super Bowl is the real modus operandi over at 1 Patriots Place. If the goal is to win the division and compete for a berth into the AFC Championship, Belichick doesn’t have to change a thing. He’s got that down pat.
If he wants more, like a lot of us expect, then he might want to take some chances and really go for it in 2014 and beyond.
1. Again, ponder moving TB12
Brady’s street value is lessened by one season of some heavy hits and long-ball misses. He remains a prized commodity, but there just won’t be a Herschel Walker-type or Ricky Williams-type deal out there. Or will there? If it’s pitched to Belichick — say two firsts and two seconds — don’t you have to look at it and seriously consider it?
One year ago, it was the Arizona Cardinals we had pegged as a prime landing spot. The more I think about it now, the more Minnesota intrigues me.