It is not an exaggeration to say this could be the most well-rounded offense they have had in the Brady/Belichick era, and yes, that includes 2007. The running game won’t match what they had in 1976 or ‘78 in John Hannah’s heyday, or even in the mid-80s with Craig James and Tony Collins. But it’s a heck of a lot better than the tap-dancing Laurence Maroney gave them five years ago, and it could be the best they’ve had since Corey Dillon was at the peak of his powers.
The Globe’s Chad Finn on Stevan Ridley and the improved Patriots running game. If you haven’t figured it out, Ridley is a serious NFL running back. He’s got the skills to be a perennial 1,000-yard rusher. He’s explosive and he fights for every yard. Those are the kind of backs I love.