This phrase is hung on a sign in a New England patriot’s premises. That has been Bill Belichick’s title since his arrival in New England at the beginning of this millennium, with the head coach constantly imparting the mantra to his players, coaches and staff. It was a call of accountability that defined the two decades’ dominance of Patriots. Observers are jealous of New England’s ability to dodge in the face of adversity and compete for the Lombardi Cup, year after year.
That’s why my ears prick up as I hear Belichick try to explain Pats 2020̵7;s disappointing 2-5 start.
“Look, we paid Cam Newton $ 1 million. I mean, obviously we don’t have the money. It’s whose fault,” Belichick said Monday on WEEI’s weekly radio station. me. “That’s what we did in the end [six] many years. We sold out the tickets and won three Super Bowl games, played in the fourth and played in one match at the AFC Championship. This year, we have to work less. That’s not an excuse – it’s just a fact. “
Although it was quite surprising to hear these emotions coming from his mouth, Belichick was perfectly accurate in assessing the current New England roster. These patriots lack green pieces on the board, and the talent gap between New England and the heavyweight contenders surrounding the tournament is one of the reasons why this team is going to be mediocre. .
But honestly, Belichick has no one to blame more than himself. Future Hall of Fame has Not Complete your work on the HR front.
This team lacks a star and the new quartet cannot cover up the team’s flaws like his predecessor. To be fair, Tom Brady played with better supporting cast in 2019 than the cast around Newton this year. The TB12 has the luxury of relying on one of the NFL’s top defenders, with Defense Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore enjoying a campaign in his career. Although the overall talent on Patriots 2019’s roster still falls short of the championship standard I have long endorsed by a pair of Hall of Fame executives – Ron Wolf and Bill Polian, each one told me that title teams with 10-12 blue-chip players – Brady and a group of solid veterans have found a way to lead New England to a 12-4 record.
But to the dissipation of the liberal agency and the COVID-19 opting out, the Patriots’ lack of talent was exposed to the world of football. New England are finally feeling the aftermath of repeated setbacks during draft day, with Belichick’s inability to plan around the team’s lack of speed, stamina and ability to play at each. side.
With the absence of star prowess and overall talent, the Patriots cannot be suspended as they are unable to play the game seriously under their terms. In fact, the gap in talent between Pats and most of the AFC playoff contenders makes it difficult to see them as a legitimate threat to enter the tournament after the season – even on the playoff playground. extend.
I know New England players don’t want to face this reality after 20 years of domination, but the fact that the Patriots side becomes unsuitable for the AFC can take a while based on staffing troubles. their. The team has not been able to mitigate the departures of a number of key collaborators over the past few years. New England has failed to acquire and develop young talent. To be honest, the lack of depth and general talent on the list is shocking – although it’s not surprising when you review the team’s recent draft history.
New England has not drafted a Pro Bowler since 2013 (Jamie Collins), and it is difficult to identify any potential stars on the horizon. Take a look at the last five draft visits of the Patriots:
In 2020: S Kyle Dugger (Round 2 / No. 37 final), LB Josh Uche (2/60), LB Anfernee Jennings (3/87), TE Devin Asiasi (3/91), TE Dalton Keene (3/101), K Justin Rohrwasser (5/159), OG Mike Onwenu (6/182), CV Justin Herron (6/195), LB Cassh Maluia (6/204), C Dustin Woodard (7/230).
2019: WR N’Keal Harry (Round 1 / No. 32 final), CB Joejuan Williams (2/45), LB Chase Winovich (3/77), RB Damien Harris (3/87), OT Yodny Cajuste (3/101) , OG Hjalte Froholdt (4/118), QB Jarrett Stidham (4/133), DT Byron Cowart (5/159), P Jake Bailey (5/163), CB Ken Webster (7/252).
2018: OT Isaiah Wynn (Round 1 / No. 23 final), RB Sony Michel (1/31), CB Duke Dawson (2/56), LB Ja’Whaun Bentley (5/143), LB Christian Sam (6/178) , WR Braxton Berrios (6/210), QB Danny Etling (7/219), CB Keion Crossen (7/243), TE Ryan Izzo (7/250).
2017: DE Derek Rivers (Round 3 / No. 83 final), OT Antonio Garcia (3/85), DE Deatrich Wise (4/131), OT Conor McDermott (6/211).
2016: CB Cyrus Jones (Round 2 / No. 60 final), OG Joe Thuney (2/78), QB Jacoby Brissett (3/91), DT Vincent Valentine (3/96), WR Malcolm Mitchell (4/112), LB Kamu Grugier-Hill (6/208), LB Elandon Roberts (6/214); C Ted Karras (6/221), WR Devin Lucien (7/225).
In the past five drafts, the Patriots had more than a dozen players who are currently the main initiator / contributor. Considering the lack of elite talent or promising blue-chips in that group, it comes as a surprise that New England has come a long way in the absence of TB12 and a host of veterans maintain the Path. Patriot?
That is why we need to keep Belichick in the flames because of the poor performance of a de facto general manager despite his outstanding success as head coach. He has done so well on the job of adding young talent to the squad in recent years that his exceptional tactical abilities cannot save him. Now, it would be stupid if completely Belichick’s Patriots burial. Coach can still come up with a game plan that allows Pats to fix some shortcomings and win some games. But Belichick needs to take a long and hard look at how his organization goes through the drafting process. Because for now, it’s not working.
It is known that the Patriots’ will widely select qualified players until their draft table includes 75 names. That prospect menu is significantly smaller than that of most other organizations, for which general directors prefer a large board of 125-150 players. New England routinely excludes players who are not considered suitable and focuses on bringing in those who possess the intelligence, flexibility and the necessary playability that Belichick coveted in every position.
That is why Belichick fell to the sword for not being able to bring back the stars and started with his top picks. He is intimately involved in this process. He knows exactly what he wants in each position and has the autonomy to choose whichever player he believes is best suited. He’s the judge and jury for each pick, so he’s held accountable for the failures of the New England military in recent years.
The Patriots’ results under Belichick are undisputed, with six Lombardi Cups in the past 20 years. But the lack of blue-chip players currently on the list will cause Belichick and Co. must rethink their method of attracting talent.
Considering how the Patriots have created a culture of championship with everyone responsible for their performance in their respective roles, it’s time for someone to call Belichick for failing. your job as a team builder.