Logan Ryan explains why you shouldn’t ‘sleep’ on 2023 Patriots


“I believe 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 Employees

The Patriots may have an uphill climb in what must be a cutthroat AFC East in the course of 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 might be sufficient to counter the varied enhancements made by the Patriots’ division rivals over the offseason.

“I don’t suppose the Patriots are going to place lots of self-hype on the market within the offseason. I don’t suppose that’s Invoice Belichick’s approach,” Ryan stated. “I don’t suppose they’re ever going to win an offseason by way of acquisitions. That’s not the Invoice Belichick approach both. However one factor I find out about Invoice Belichick is he is aware of how one can 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 very well. He is aware of these play-callers in that division very well. I don’t suppose you’ll be able to 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 decide them, however I believe 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 will not be the one former Patriot who expects Belichick’s group 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 sphere within the AFC East, the longer term Corridor-of-Fame tight finish nonetheless thinks some powerful sledding could possibly be forward for New England.

“I say 9, 10 [wins] most,” Gronkowski stated. “It’s a troublesome convention.”I believe 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 moreover a New England participant. … “[New England’s] obtained an excellent protection. “Stable protection. I don’t suppose they should enhance in that class.”