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Trent Dilfer offers to make 'knee jerk statement' to help spark another Patriots run

Alex Reimer
September 24, 2018 - 2:48 pm

Four years ago, former ESPN analyst Trent Dilfer proclaimed the Patriots weren’t good anymore following their Week 4 loss to the Chiefs at Gillette Stadium in 2014, which resulted in Tom Brady getting pulled for then-rookie Jimmy Garoppolo.

The Patriots, of course, wound up winning the Super Bowl, suffering only two more losses the rest of the way.

Countless comparisons have already been made between the Patriots’ early-season loss to the Chiefs and Sunday night’s 26-10 drubbing at the hands of the mediocre Lions. To complete the circle, Dilfer tweeted out a message of self-deprecation following the game. 

“Hey @Patriots fans, I am on it...This week I’ll make sure to make another stupid knee jerk reaction statement so y’all can go on another Epic run,” he wrote.

There are lots of differences between the 2014 squad and this year’s team, beginning with the fact that all of the key players –– Tom Brady, Rob Gronkowski, Julian Edelman, Dont’a Hightower –– were four years younger at the time. That defense also featured Chandler Jones, Jamie Collins and Darrelle Revis. It was a much more talented group.

It will likely take more than doomsday predictions from the NFL pundit class to get the Patriots back on track. But it's nice that Dilfer is offering.