The criticism directed at Bill Belichick is growing louder in recent times.
Bill Belichick’s Patriots haven’t performed well since Tom Brady left to win a Super Bowl with the Bucs. This season, in particular, has been disappointing.
With a 1-4 record and their only victory against a backup quarterback from the Jets, Belichick is facing many questions.
After a brutal 34-0 loss to the Saints on Sunday, the Patriots have now endured consecutive blowout defeats, with a combined score of 72-3, including the previous week’s 38-3 loss to the Cowboys. NFL executives are starting to take notice…
Sports Illustrated’s Albert Breer reports that NFL executives unanimously believe Bill Belichick’s Patriots are severely lacking in talent, especially at the quarterback position.
An AFC executive straightforwardly stated, “Simply put, they lack talent, and that’s especially true at the quarterback position.”
An NFC executive also commented on the team’s struggles, stating, “The offensive line is bad, they can’t protect Mac [Jones], and Mac can’t move, they have no speed on offense at the skill positions. They used to have guys that could win one-on-one matchups; they don’t have any of those guys anymore.”
An NFC coach criticized the team’s game plan, saying, “They have a pretty vanilla plan from what I can tell. An average-at-best QB only exacerbates those issues. They aren’t exactly world-beaters on defense now either—and losing Judon really hurt, and the two feed off each other. Defense gets a stop, offense goes three-and-out, defense back out there, basically no rest. … None of their skill players scare me. Hunter Henry is solid, not close to elite. OL looks sh–ty. Backs are slow. Receivers are overpaid free agents.”
Another executive mentioned other problems, including the loss of coaches and the fact that other teams have adapted to the Patriots’ strategies over time, reducing their competitive advantages.
A recurring theme emerged – Tom Brady’s presence had hidden many of the team’s personnel deficiencies and supported Belichick’s coaching style: “Brady enabled the coaching style,” the executive said, “and covered up the personnel shortcomings.”
Much of this backlash may stem from jealousy, given that he was at the top of the mountain for so long.
Unfortunately, his current record without Tom Brady will likely tarnish his legacy.