Jim Kelly: Aaron Hernandez situation ‘sad,’ New England Patriots are ‘vulnerable’
The most important takeaway from the Aaron Hernandez murder investigation is that a 27-year-old man lost his life at the hands of a cold-blooded killer. However, the reality of the situation is that Hernandez’s arrest will have major implications for the New England Patriots and the NFL. The Patriots’ passing attack has taken a major hit, and Jim Kelly does not feel bad about it.
The Buffalo Bills legend admitted on Thursday that he’ll take the help for his team any way it comes.
“I don’t really feel too sorry for them because sooner or late the Bills got to rise to the top, and if we have to take it that way?” Kelly told NFL AM, via Tim Graham of The Buffalo News. “Oh, well.”
No one could have anticipated a murder investigation, but the Patriots knew the risk they were taking in drafting Hernandez. I’m sure they don’t expect anyone to feel sorry for them after the way it turned out. Couple the losses of Hernandez, Wes Welker and Brandon Lloyd with Rob Gronkowski’s questionable health and Kelly feels that the Pats have their work cut out for them.
“They’re very vulnerable from the standpoint if you look at what Tom Brady’s lost,” he said. “When you lose a Wes Welker, that’s going to hurt. There’s no doubt. They have to feel something when it comes to losing their four, five top receivers.”
As for Hernandez himself, Kelly described the situation as “very, very sad” and expressed condolences to the victim’s family.
“Stupidity,” he said. “What are you thinking? This is a society today where you have to watch what you do, watch what you say. If this holds true, man, it’s a sad day not only for Hernandez’s family, but for the NFL in general.”
Amen. Hernandez’s defense seemingly gets worse by the day. So does New England’s roster. Most people operate under the assumption that Bill Belichick and Brady always figure it out, but it may not be that simple this time around. Time will tell.
H/T Ben Volin