Can Tom Brady and the New England Patriots repeat as Super Bowl champions in Super Bowl 2018? What will it take? Today we will cover what it will take for the New England Patriots to repeat as Super Bowl winners.
Bill Belichick can join Pittsburgh’s Chuck Noll as the only head coach to win back-to-back Super Bowls twice in their career. Only 7 teams have ever repeated as Super Bowl Champions, and only the Steelers have accomplished this feat twice. Luckily for Pats fans, their team was the last organization to win back-to-back Super Bowls in the 2004 and 2005 seasons. The Patriots will need the future hall of fame quarterback Tom Brady to defy the aging process once again and show why he’s the best quarterback to ever step foot on the gridiron. The true test of the season is if the defense will perform like veterans despite half the starters still playing under their rookie contracts.
The Patriots organization made the biggest splash this offseason trading their first-round pick for the New Orleans Saints leading wide receiver, Brandin Cooks. Over the last two seasons, Cooks has caught 162 passes for just over 2,300 yards and 17 touchdowns. The 23-year-old stud comes from an air raid offense and will fit seamlessly into the Pats offensive scheme. The addition of one of the best young playmakers in the league will give Tom Brady his biggest downfield threat since Randy Moss. I expect Tom Brady to lead the league in passing yards for the third time in his career, and be honored with the MVP trophy. Brandin Cooks will be his go-to weapon and will rack up 100 catches for 1,500 yards and 14 touchdowns.
The real question heading into the season is if Bill Belichick will trade Super Bowl hero Malcolm Butler, who will surely receive a massive payday once his rookie contract expires. Butler was at the center of trade talks this offseason, and it fits into the Belichickian philosophy to trade away nonessential players who seek mega contracts. The Pats signed Stephen Gilmore to a five-year deal this offseason and the team is flooded with young talent at the cornerback position. All young players must be put on notice, and remember Jamie Collins who was traded to the worst team in the league because he wanted more money. Five starters on the defense are under rookie contracts, and they should put their nose to the grindstone and fight for a championship, then worry about money in the postseason.