Adam Kaufman

For Legions of Patriots Fans, It's Still 'In Bill We Trust' After Darrelle Revis Departure

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Stating the obvious, the Patriots wouldn’t have won their fourth Super Bowl championship last season without All-Pro cornerback Darrelle Revis. Could the same be said for quarterback Tom Brady, tight end Rob Gronkowski, and countless others? Of course. Hell, the Pats quite literally don’t top the Seahawks without an undrafted defensive back out of West Alabama.

But Revis was a game-changer from the moment he arrived in Foxborough, revolutionizing a secondary that was for so many years that one big play between a loss and Lombardi lore.

Now, Revis is gone; home to New York where he began his assault on opposing receivers, courtesy of a five-year, $70 million deal with $39 million guaranteed.

Admittedly, I expected mass outrage in the social space. Not at Revis; it’s his right to choose his priorities in free agency, whether they’re grounded in dollars or dynasties. I wondered if Revis's departure, given the Pats’ ability to pick up his $20 million option for 2015 and take the choice out of his hands, would be the proverbial straw that broke the camel’s back for many in the ‘In Bill We Trust’ crowd.

It wasn’t.

For the masses, at least on my Twitter feed, Revis was an exceptional player but just another replaceable body for an organization that produces double-digit winning seasons and division titles to the point of lulling most into a “wake me for the playoffs” slumber.

A relatively small sampling…

Sure, there were the detractors as well…

For the most part, though, more fans seem to align themselves with coach Bill Belichick's ability to overcome this loss, rather than chalking an 'L' up for Belichick the GM.

At this point, you can’t ignore the facts:

Darrelle Revis is gone. Devin McCourty is back. Brandon Browner’s path remains unclear.

It’s Day 2 of free agency with the potential for signings, trades, and impactful moves around the draft ahead. Training camp is months away. Even after a flurry of moves, the Patriots are still the team to beat in an improved AFC.

And, most important, no one – not Revis, not even Brady – is bigger than the plan. Time will tell what this plan is.

Where do you stand?

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