June 12, 2024


“I feel everyone knows Belichick will outperform expectations.”

New England Patriots Logan Ryan heading to the end zone after an interception against the New York Jets during first quarter action at Metlife Stadium on Sunday October 20, 2013.
Logan Ryan believes the 2023 Patriots ought to nonetheless be aggressive within the AFC East. Matthew J. Lee/Globe Workers

The Patriots could have an uphill climb in what must be a cutthroat AFC East throughout the 2023 NFL season.

However one former Patriot remains to be excessive on New England’s probabilities of bouncing again from a dysfunctional 2022 marketing campaign.

Veteran cornerback and two-time Tremendous Bowl champion Logan Ryan joined fellow ex-Patriot defensive again Jason McCourty on NFL Community’s “Good Morning Soccer” Thursday to debate the Patriots’ playoff hopes within the months forward.

Even with the arrival of Aaron Rodgers in New York and each the Payments and Dolphins nonetheless boasting high-octane offensive models, Ryan believes that Invoice Belichick’s expertise and mettle will probably be sufficient to counter the assorted enhancements made by the Patriots’ division rivals over the offseason.

“I don’t assume the Patriots are going to place a variety of self-hype on the market within the offseason. I don’t assume that’s Invoice Belichick’s method,” Ryan stated. “I don’t assume they’re ever going to win an offseason by way of acquisitions. That’s not the Invoice Belichick method both. However one factor I learn about Invoice Belichick is he is aware of learn how to play towards Aaron Rodgers. We noticed that final yr after they went to Inexperienced Bay and doubtless had been underdogs there. And he is aware of these quarterbacks on this division rather well. He is aware of these play-callers in that division rather well. I don’t assume you may ever sleep on the Patriots.

“I don’t know if they’ve the firepower on paper that a few of these different groups do. I don’t know if anybody can choose them, however I feel everyone knows Belichick will outperform expectations. We’ll see what that’s, however I consider the AFC East is loaded as a division and one of many hardest because it will get this yr.”

Ryan isn’t the one former Patriot who expects Belichick’s workforce to place collectively stronger returns after their 8-9 displaying final season.

Talking on his “The Dan and Ninko Present” podcast earlier this month, former Patriots linebacker Rob Ninkovich tabbed the Patriots for 11 wins in 2023. 

Ninkovich’s visitor, Rob Gronkowski, additionally anticipated the Patriots to be higher than they had been in 2022. However given the enhancements made by the remainder of the sector within the AFC East, the long run Corridor-of-Fame tight finish nonetheless thinks some powerful sledding may very well be forward for New England.

“I say 9, 10 [wins] most,” Gronkowski stated. “It’s a tricky convention.”I feel the Jets are bringing some firepower. They did want a change at quarterback.

“Their quarterback play, for those who watch them play the Patriots — I imply, they simply throw the ball up within the air and there’s nobody round 15 yards apart from a New England participant. … “[New England’s] received a superb protection. “Strong protection. I don’t assume they should enhance in that class.”