Counterpoint – Bedard: Tanking for anything is no way to build a winning football culture

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I can't believe we're still talking about this. The Patriot win two straight games, including one over the Ravens — a power in the AFC, and Hector Longo's response is to whine about how the Patriots should have lost those games.

Why, because the Patriots would be in a better position to draft Trevor Lawrence — which isn't even a guarantee — or hold Justin Fields for ransom? Sounds foolish, and like somebody's been at home by himself for too long during Covid.

I'm not even going to get into Hector's so-called "points." And let's just put aside the fact that the Patriots could make a serious run to the postseason where the teams to beat are the Chiefs — who the Patriots nearly beat with Brian Hoyer — and the Steelers, who the Patriots have the postseason deed on.

Let's just deal with two indisputable facts.

No. 1: You don't get championship quarterbacks from tanking.