BOSTON (CBS) – There’s a lot of comparisons to be made between the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s and this Patriots team of the last decade.
Both teams ran roughshod over their respective divisions – making postseason berths basically a given right – and coached and rostered by future Hall of Famers.
But when we look back at that Atlanta Braves team with Greg Maddux, Tom Glavine and John Smoltz, we say to ourselves, “How did they only manage one World Series title?”
It’s been nearly a decade since the New England Patriots last hoisted a Vince Lombardi trophy, so given their lack of hardware Dan Shaughnessy of the Boston Globe made the argument Tuesday morning on Gresh & Zolak that these Patriots are the Atlanta Braves of the 1990s.
Shaughnessy credits the coach and the quarterback for being able to sustain this level of success, but the lack of talent on the roster ultimately prevents them from reaching their goal.
“They’re not bums, there’s just a limit to how far they can get. They were by far the worst of the four teams remaining in the tournament,” said Shaughnessy.
“Anybody would trade to be where they are, I’m not disputing that. Again, this is great, knock yourselves out. Go win the AFC East again next year. Are they going to win the Super Bowl? No.”
“They’ve created their own standard. They are prisoners of their own excellence. You win three in four years, then you go ten years without it – but every year you get to this level – you get tested and then you lose.”
“It is the Braves of the 1990s. It’s not a bad thing, it’s just limited,” Shaughnessy concluded.
Listen below for the full discussion, including Andy Gresh and Scott Zolak’s rebuttal: