Patriots

Bedard: Bill Belichick lets it ride with his ‘Over The Hill Gang’

(Adam Richins for BSJ)

People really need to stop bringing up Tom Brady's age as a factor when it comes to Bill Belichick and the Patriots' quarterback situation.

I mean, have you been paying attention?

Saturday's cut down to 53 players — to finish off the entire offseason, really — was just the latest example of how Belichick — rightly (up to this point) or wrongly — doesn't care about age anymore. It's obviously just a number. The Belichick that everyone grew up with — the ruthless, take-no-prisoners-when-it-comes-to-the-roster-and-cap Hoodie — is gone. In fact, he's been long gone for a while.

What we have now, in addition to Chill Bill at practices, is Velvet Bill when it comes to the players he surrounds himself with — he's looking for comfort all the way, baby. I wonder if he walks around One Patriot Place in off-hours in a velvet jumpsuit like George Costanza.

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This has to be the biggest takeaway from this offseason and this cutdown: The oldest team to ever win a Super Bowl ... will be even older this season.

So much for all that excitement about two good-looking draft classes hitting this roster. At this point, it looks like only Sony Michel (who only got the job last year because veteran Jeremy Hill got hurt) and Isaiah Wynn (almost by default) will have major roles (until the inevitable injuries strike).

A lot of other teams — including some recent Super Bowl winners —would have