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Very few people in New England have forgiven the Boston Red Sox for trying to be a Moneyball team and jettisoning Mookie Betts to the Los Angeles Dodgers in the off-season.

Is it easy to argue the same can be said for the Patriots running Tom Brady south to Tampa Bay? 

After a pitiful home loss to the San Francisco 49ers on Sunday that gave some throughout New England flashbacks to the Hugh Millen era, it's easy to wonder if Bill Belichick should shoulder some of the blame for the Patriots' despicable 2-4 start.

Yes, Cam Newton was a shell of his former MVP self, and it didn't help that the 49ers jumped out to an early lead and forced the Patriots to throw the ball. 

But you have to think of the reason why Brady left for greener pastures in Tampa Bay. 

A lack of offensive weapons.

Michael Timpson and Marv Cook would be more competent pass-catchers than the ones the Patriots are trotting out. At least Timpson was able to knock the Dolphins out of the playoffs in 1993.

Julian Edelman is on the wrong side of 30 and is banged up. N'Keal Harry looks like another swing-and-miss by the Pats' scouting department. Randy Moss and Troy Brown aren't walking into that wide receiver room. 

Coming into the season, Belichick had a sub-500 record when coaching quarterbacks not named Tom Brady. You have to wonder, was the Patriots' incredible run thanks to the quarterback and not the coach? 

There's no denying Belichick is a Hall of Fame coach, but you have to remember he was 5-11 in his first year in New England with Drew Bledsoe calling plays. 

These are clearly strange times in New England, and to be blunt, this Patriots team stinks. It hasn't been this bad in these parts since the late 1990's days when Pete Carroll was roaming the sidelines in Foxborough. 

Many fans will talk about the opt-outs of defensive stalwarts Dont'a Hightower and Patrick Chung, but one that is now slipping under the radar is wideout Marquise Lee, who would've given Newton a quick, physical target on the outside.

This season is quickly becoming a wash, and fortunately the Patriots will have cap room this offseason to upgrade the wide receiver and tight end positions. 

While it's foreign in a championship-first market to see the Patriots under .500 with Halloween approaching, you are what your record says you are.

And the fact of the matter is, this team is not very good right now and Belichick should be shouldering most of the blame. 

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