How embracing chaos can be the edge for Patriots this unconventional season
Teams around the NFL are uncertain about how the 2020 season is going to pan out amid the coronavirus pandemic. While some teams scramble to figure out ways to combat the unusual circumstances of the upcoming, the New England Patriots could use the chaos as an opportunity to gain an edge over their opponents.
In an article for NBC Sports, Tom E. Curran pointed out that there are a ton of unknowns entering the 2020 season. For the Patriots, they are entering a new era in their franchise following the departure of Tom Brady. Of course, they signed Cam Newton, giving them a decision between him and Jarrett Stidham in the upcoming season.
But with no OTAs and a limited offseason, New England—similar to the other 31 teams—hasn’t gotten a chance to do on-field work as a team. Not to mention, there won’t be any preseason for the Patriots to get a good look at the roster they currently possess.
Nevertheless, Bill Belichick could view the uncertainties as an advantage for his football team. Entering Week 1 versus the Miami Dolphins, it’s unclear who will be the starting quarterback for the Patriots. Also, it remains to be seen how New England plans on deploying their weapons in their offense.
On the other hand, the Patriots are returning a bunch of their veteran members on defense. Therefore, Belichick won’t have to worry about getting everyone on the same page once training camps begin.
There’s no doubt the 2020 season is going to be filled with surprises due to the unconventional aspects of it. However, Belichick and the Patriots could view the abnormalities as a positive entering the upcoming season.