Julian Edelman Says Patriots Aren’t Themselves Right Now

Patriots' WR Julian Edelman
Patriots' WR Julian Edelman. Photo by Eric Canha/CSM/REX/Shutterstock

The New England Patriots are struggling this season and look far from the dominant force they were in the NFL for the past two decades. This Pats’ slip isn’t sitting well with the franchise legend Julian Edelman who recently decided to call out his former team for bad performance in 2021.

“The Patriots just aren’t the Patriots right now, and it hurts me to say this,” Edelman said during his appearance as a panelist on Inside the NFL. “They are not the Patriots. We are so used to seeing the last 20 years. I know there’s different players and this, that, but there’s still a group of guys in there that know how they should play.”

Edelman added that New England players need to be held accountable and start playing “mistake-free” football. To his point, the mistakes were the story for the Patriots so far in the season as they turned over the ball 11 times and had several special teams errors, including two blocked punts.

If anyone can speak like this about the New England Patriots, it’s Julian Edelman. He was there for the franchise’s glory days and knows how to win football games. Edelman spent 12 years with the Patriots and helped them win three Super Bowls while also claiming Super Bowl LIII MVP honors. He retired from football following the injury-plagued 2020 NFL season.

The Pats are currently sitting at a 2-4 record and may not see the playoffs for the second straight year. This would be the first time for the franchise to miss out on the postseason in consecutive seasons since 2000.