Bill Belichick is all that’s left of the Patriot Way

If you were scrolling on your phone during Sunday night’s Dolphins-Patriots game and weren’t paying close attention, you might have felt a distinct pang of nostalgia — or dread, if you aren’t a Pats fan.

New England ran a wild, successful man-in-motion field goal block that was so innovative, high school and college teams are practicing it right this moment. The Patriots contained Miami’s best offensive threat. The quarterback yanked one of those game-flipping plays out of his helmet, running the fastest play of his career to set up a touchdown. And of course, there was Bill Belichick himself, grumpy as ever even while clad in Santa Claus red, hurling the challenge flag to the ground like a disgusted parent holding a teenager’s laundry.

It was just like the good ol’ days … as long as you didn’t look at the scoreboard.

The Dolphins beat the Patriots 24-17 in Foxborough Sunday night, a victory that looked much closer than it actually was. The Patriots didn’t find their footing until the fourth quarter. Even when the Patriots closed to within a touchdown, holding the ball in Miami territory, the Dolphins’ win probability never dropped below 75 percent. The Dolphins have now beaten New England in five of their last six meetings, including all five of Tua Tagovailoa’s starts.

The Patriots are now 0-2 for the first time since 2001. They’re even with the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals in Cratering for Caleb Williams. Belichick still sports a surly attitude and galaxy-brain football creativity, but there’s not much else left of the glory days in New England.

Mac Jones, for instance, is in his third season with the team, and right now might not rank in even the top half of all NFL quarterbacks. In Tom Brady’s third season, the Patriots won their second Super Bowl in three years. Yes, sizing up anyone against Tom freaking Brady is a thoroughly unfair comparison, but in New England, it’s the only comparison that matters. Elsewhere on the…

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