The idea of a Patriots offensive line without Logan Mankins is still hard to comprehend.
But it's yet another example of the way the Patriots do business.
Dan Shaughnessy and Steve Buckley join Dalen Cuff on Sports Tonight to explain why the Patriots need to take a different approach.
"I don’t agree with the philosophy," says Shaughnessy. "They know football, they understand, they’re in the AFC Championship every year, I can’t argue with them. The fans love everything they do. [The Mankins trade] does not make them better this year. I don’t like it. I’m sick of Rutgers guys. [If their players are so good] why don’t they win the National Championship every year?"
Perhaps the Patriots don't need to altogether abandon their philosophy, but rather make a short-term exception.
"They’ve always tried to take a three-year approach," says Buckley. "They want to be good this year, next year and the year after. Are they a better team without Logan Mankins?
"It was always smart to think of a three-year window when Brady was [27-31] years old, But can’t we agree that window is narrowing and the importance of winning right now is of more importance than it was maybe three or four years ago? So in that spirit, I would’ve preferred they kept him."