The New England Patriots dominated the NFL for about the last 20 years. That includes a dominant run against their rival Indianapolis Colts. Things were so bad for Indy that New England had won 10-straight regular season games at a point. However, the Colts have defeated the Patriots twice in the last three seasons.
The most recent meeting came on Sunday, in Frankfurt, Germany. Indy won the game 10-6, and while it was a concerning outing for the Colts, it was embarrassing for the Patriots. From head-scratching special teams plays to turnovers and a late quarterback change, New England’s bye week will be filled with some soul searching as the team is now 2-8.
While the Patriots had plenty of critics after Sunday’s game, the reactions that likely hurt the most are the ones that came from former New England players.
Former Patriots react to New England’s embarrassing loss to Colts
After the game, three former Patriots players took to social media to express their disappointment. Wide receiver Julian Edelman simply said, “That was bad.” Running back James White let a GIF from The Office do the talking, and defensive back Darius Butler, who played for the Patriots and the Colts (and seemed to be rooting for Indy) was confused on what he was seeing from New England.
This is always the worst for a team because these players built a dynasty and established a standard. Typically, an organization hates for its alum to feel disappointed about the current product. However, with just two wins after 10 games, the Patriots are a long way from the version of the franchise that was a Super Bowl contender every year.
Now, the Pats have frustrated alum and that is seemingly the least of the team’s worry. During the bye week, the Patriots will have to decide on who the team’s quarterback is and it’s also possible that they’ll be deciding if Bill Belichick is the coach that will lead the rebuild.