ESPN NFL analyst Rex Ryan thinks the Patriots' dynasty in the NFL is over, thanks in large part to Tom Brady's departure for Tampa Bay.
During an interview on ESPN's "Keyshawn, JWill and Zubin" show, the former Jets and Bills head coach was asked whether he thought New England still had a chance of making the playoffs as a wild card.
"It's over, it's flat-out over," Ryan said about the 2-5 Patriots. "They're four games behind Buffalo. ... They're not going to a wild card. ... The playoff run is over and pass the torch to the Buffalo Bills. I think they're going to be behind Miami when it's all said and done as well, so we'll see.
"This is what I thought was coming."
Ryan says there is one glaring issue with the Patriots in 2020 — they don't have Brady.
"I told everybody that they have no weapons for the last three years, but they had the greatest player in the history of our game in Tom Brady. You see how great he is? He took this team to the playoffs and actually won a Super Bowl two years ago.
"It just shows also that the greatest player in the game has a hell of a lot bigger impact than the greatest coach in the game."
With Brady, the Buccaneers are 6-2, with their latest win coming against the Giants on "Monday Night Football."