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By Barry Svrluga
The Washington Post 

For Years, Patriots Were Anything But a Model


This is a franchise that, in no particular order: chose a guy who couldn’t win at the University of Toledo over a Hall of Famer as its coach, nearly electrocuted that coach at a news conference, suspended another coach for taking a different job in-season, played 19 seasons before hosting a playoff game, played 26 before winning a playoff game, and then reached the Super Bowl only as a means to sharpen the punchlines to an endless jokes steam of jokes. That was all before they reached rock bottom.

It’s a franchise that was going to move to Birmingham (maybe) or St. Louis (likely) or Har...

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