‘Very Untalented’- NFL Analyst on Why the Patriots and Bill Belichick are Going All in During Free Agency

Published 03/16/2021, 2:08 PM EDT


The New England Patriots are a franchise that evoke a sense of fear into the heart of their opponents. Under Head Coach Bill Belichick, the side has grown from strength to strength and won 6 Super Bowls.

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But last season, the Patriots were bereft of their usual mojo. The side ended the 2020 season with a 7-9 losing record and ultimately failed to make the Playoffs for the first time since 2008.

But to count out the Patriots based on one season would be a mistake. Belichick has shown time and again that there is no mountain in the NFL too high to climb for him.

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With the New England Patriots signaling their intent to come back stronger next season by signing a plethora of players, one NFL analyst feels the influx of fresh talent was much needed. 

Bill Belichick knows his side were devoid of talent

The lack of quality in the Patriots’ locker-room was there for all to see. And none knew it better than Bill Belichick.

During a segment of the Pat McAfee Show, NFL analyst Michael Lombardi said that no one needs to point out to Belichick that his side was simply not up to the task.

“I think what he saw was a bad team last year. He knew it. I mean, he knew he was hamstrung and he couldn’t do anything… I think no one needed to tell him his team was terrible last year,” Lombardi said.

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The Patriots were particularly handicapped in the tight end position last season. Something which prompted them to sign Jonnu Smith and Hunter Henry in free agency. 

“No one needed to tell him that you can’t play Ryan Izzo as your starting tight end. That’s all he had. No one needed to tell him that you know his skill players just weren’t dynamic to make plays,” he added.

Lombardi further lauded Belichick for his ability to win 7 games with the crop of players he had last season.

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“The truth was that they were no good. I think any other coach coaching that team would have won three games. He won seven. So I think it was one of his better coaching jobs with a very untalented and undescriptive team.”

With the Patriots bringing in reinforcements for next season, do you feel another playoff run is on the cards for the franchise?

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Shivayan Roy

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Shivayan Roy is currently an NFL writer at EssentiallySports. After completing his Masters Diploma in Journalism from the Asian College of Journalism, Roy functioned as a reporter for Goal.com and extensively covered the FIFA U-17 World Cup.

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