"He's run this division for a while so I am kind of happy we get next," Richardson said, via ESPN.com. "We're getting after it."
He added: "I mean, they are the Super Bowl champions. Just leave it at that. You know, licking our chops."
In my mind, the Patriots would have to be swept by a divisional opponent in pretty convincing fashion for any talk of another team "getting next" to hold any footing.
That 2010 season was the closest it ever felt to a divisional changing of the guard and even then the Patriots were just gearing up for a reload around their current incarnation, which features a dominant and versatile defense on top of a maddening possession passing game.