The Patriots destroyed many potential dynasties as they built their own. Without them, the landscape of the NFL would look quite different.
The 2001 Rams, the 2014 Seahawks, the Rex Ryan Jets, the early 2000s Steelers, maybe even the 2004 Eagles and the 2016 Falcons . . . they all seemed on the verge of starting dominating, multiyear runs. But they couldn't get past the Patriots. It makes Tom E. Curran wonder: 'How many teams and organizations have the Patriots laid waste to?'
Cold water has already been thrown on the Richard Sherman-to-the-Patriots trade rumors (see above video), so talk of Sherman heading to Foxboro has quieted to a whisper.
But on Thursday night, Seahawks GM John Schneider may have silenced them completely when, after being asked if the team would trade Sherman, told Seattle's ESPN radio station: "Right now, I don't think the odds are very good."
Schneider also said "the only reasons we would do it is to create some cap room and trying to become a younger football team." That being the case, the Patriots become even less of an option as they have very few draft picks, and no high ones, to offer.