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September 18, 2013

Prime Targets: Would Belichick ever risk a deal for Larry Fitz?

Would Pats ever risk deal for Larry Fitz to save season?

FOXBOROUGH — Some Patriots fans are panicked. Others remain pompous at 2-0.

With nearly 10 days between games, the two sides will clash repeatedly this week on blogs, radio and social media.

Bill Belichick can’t be bothered with whether Tom Brady is a meanie to the rookies over this hiatus. It is mea culpa time for the coach. Admit you made mistakes handling the receivers and go out and rectify.

Yes, there is still time and most importantly, opportunity knocks.

With only Rob Gronkowski’s return imminent and a glut of question marks at the receiver position — when will we see Danny Amendola again, will Kenbrell Thompkins find a way to shake loose from tight man, will Aaron Dobson master the drops, etc. — the onus falls on Belichick.

Salvage the season. Mortgage the future, if needed, and give Tom Brady a chance. Time to make a deal.

So much talk has centered around Brady and Belichick. With the coach’s recent, reported contract extension, the optimists around here have Brady playing to 42, 43, maybe longer.

The bottom line is, he could play forever, but Brady will never be 36 again.

Brady himself said after Thursday night’s “win” that “no-one is coming to the rescue and save the day.”

I say the coach could be the guy.

Belichick, for one of the few times in his days here at New England, doesn’t have draft picks stockpiled. So what. It’s time to exhaust the chips you do have and get some help in here now.

Look at the AFC right now. Yes, you have the Denver Broncos, the best team in the game right now thanks to the addition of Wes Welker, but that’s an old story. As for the other AFC contenders?

New England, figuring both Gronk and Amendola back in the mix, sits in a pack with Cincinnati, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Houston, Indianapolis, Tennessee and even San Diego as potential suitors for a spot in the conference title game.

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