Posted by krismk
Actually, my analogy is extremely apt. Your exactly right. New entities, separate and distinct from the source empire were created after bloody wars and in-fighting along with a general loss of purpose from the leadership. And what was the result of this. A general decline in the robustness of the original Empire. Can the Pats re-invent themselves. Sure. But at what cost? One year, two years, three or more years of being poor to mediocre before a new incarnation appears? The Pats were bad in the early 70's then became an up and coming team in the mid-70's then fell apart by the early 80's. They got good again in the mid-80s but then fell apart until the Big Tuna came on the scene in the early 90's. The Pats thrived until Pete Carroll showed up and the eventual decline came and they were terrible again. Then Belicheck shows up and we are good, then great. We are on the inevitable down-side of the Belicheck era (an admittedly longer successful era than the Pats organization has ever known before) unless the Belicheck braintrust can consistently infuse new, cheaper talent along with some playmaking ability from free-agents and higher round picks.