There was a time when the New England Patriots ruled the AFC East.
Between 2001 and 2019, the Patriots collected 17 division titles, winning six Super Bowls in the process. But then, Tom Brady left New England for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and since then, times have been tough for the Pats.
Since 2020, the Patriots have made just one trip to the playoffs, losing to the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card Round in January 2022.
Things don’t seem to be on the mend for New England in 2023, as the club has gotten off to an 0-2 start. Bill Belichick’s group was most recently seen losing to the Miami Dolphins this past Sunday, and afterward, Dolphins wide receiver Tyreek Hill waved goodbye to the Patriots faithful at Gillette Stadium.
Hill then didn’t hold back when discussing Pats fans after the game.
“It felt tremendous,” said Hill after the win, according to Chris Perkins of the Sun Sentinel. “Those fans are some of the worst in the NFL and I’m gonna stand by that because they are nasty. Some of the things they were saying I wouldn’t say in church. So yeah, it felt great to wave goodbye to those fans and I’ll do it again. Goodbye.”
Hill caught five passes for 40 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 24-17 win. While it was a solid performance, it was a far cry from Hill’s Week 1 outburst, where he racked up 11 receptions for 215 yards and a pair of scores in the Dolphins’ victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.
The 29-year-old was traded to Miami in March 2022 after spending the first seven years of his NFL career with the Kansas City Chiefs.
Tyreek Hill put together a monster debut season in South Beach, hauling in 119 catches for 1,710 yards and seven touchdowns en route to a Pro Bowl appearance and a First-Team All-Pro selection.
The Dolphins will host the Denver Broncos next Sunday.