Tuesday, October 4, 2022

The former All-Pro RB sends a strong message to Bill Belichick

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It seems almost everyone these days has an outspoken criticism of the New England Patriots and Bill Belichick. Pittsburgh Steelers head coach Mike Tomlin called the Patriots a “transitional group.”

The former patriot and current defenseman for the Miami Dolphins trolled his old team for trying to adjust to the Florida heat ahead of New England’s 7-20 loss to the Finns in Week 1.

Since Tom Brady left Foxboro to join the Tampa Bay Buccaneers ahead of the 2020 season, the Patriots have missed the playoffs, barely making it last season with a 10-7 record and off to a poor start this year.

Former All-Pro running back LeSean McCoy has noticed, and he’s not afraid to smack Belichick over the head with the blame for the Patriots’ relapse to earth.

“It’s over for Belichick,” McCoy said on a recent episode of Fox’s Speak. “It’s over. I’ve never seen the Patriots pay so many people on defense at once. They’re doing it now that Tom’s gone. It’s over. This is the real Bill Belichick. The win rate playing with “Brady is 77%. Without Tom Brady you wouldn’t even guess it – 47%. He doesn’t win games without Tom Brady.”

We’ve heard similar footage from former Patriots CB Asante Samuel Sr., but it appears to be a slightly mixed perspective. Without Brady, Belichick helped lead a rookie quarterback into the postseason at Mac Jones.

The Patriots were mistreated by the Buffalo Bills in the playoffs, but that should have happened considering one team simply has a more talented roster. However, when a team has New England’s track record, the standards are much higher and the criticism is much harsher.

A major flaw in the Patriots roster is the lack of playmakers on offense. New England traded for WR DeVante Parker in hopes he would become their No. 1 passing option.

It’s early days, but after a week, Parker didn’t look much more productive than N’Keal Harry did during his nondescript New England career. Parker finished the game with only one reception for 9 yards and 2 goals.

On a positive note, the Patriots’ WRs have been kept at every turn by the same man who has guided them at receptions and reception yards for the past two years, Jakobi Meyers. The fourth-year WR had 4 catches for 55 yards, including an impressive 27-yard grab on the sideline.

Meyers may never be the kind of receiver to get a 99 overall rating in Madden, but he told the media this week that he enjoys being a quarterback’s “security blanket.” There is value in finding and embracing your niche.

Meyers has gone from being an undrafted rookie free agent to becoming his team’s undisputed No. 1 option in the passing game. New England still needs elite wide receiver talent for Meyers to take his best position as third receiver in a roster with two excellent options ahead of him.

According to BetGM, the Patriots are minus-2 favorites. Pittsburgh won its first game of the season while New England fell to Miami. Still, without TJ Watt and with an offense that might be a little more powerless than the Patriots, the Steelers don’t have nearly as many threats as the Dolphins.

The 2022 season could be even more challenging than expected if the Patriots fail to defeat the Steelers.

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