Patriots: Coaching and executive turnover since 2018 proves team needs stabilization
By Jerry Trotta
The Patriots have lost a concerning amount of coaching staff and front office members over the last three years.
It’s been surmised that the New England Patriots’ shortcomings in 2020 were largely the product of poor roster construction by the front office. It’s worth noting that free agency departures and eight player opt outs, which led the NFL this season, certainly didn’t help matters.
While those two factors hold a ton of value, however, have fans ever stopped to think that the perpetual front office and coaching staff turnover — specifically within the last three years — have played a role in the Patriots’ demise, for lack of a better term?
Every franchise needs stability and continuity in those departments and the Patriots have arguably been the gold standard in terms of that…up until the last three seasons, that is. Just take a look at how many coaching staff and front office members have left the organization, whether it be for a promotion elsewhere or retirement, since the end of the 2018 campaign.
The laundry list almost seems preposterous, and it ultimately proves that every organization in the league wants a little part of the Patriots, and they have unfortunately paid the price. We get that it’s virtually impossible to keep an entire coaching staff and front office together for a long period of time, but not even a franchise as consistent as New England is capable of overcoming this.
Why else do you think they were able to enjoy sustained success for the last two decades? While some roster turnover took place in certain years, the Patriots were always able to come out stronger on the other side because of their front office and (mostly) coaching staff stability.
Sure, some of Bill Belichick’s most high-ranking assistants left to take head coaching jobs during that span, but the organization was largely able to keep the front office intact, which made those pills a lot easier to swallow.
When you pair both losses together over a three-year span, however, you get what you saw this season: the Patriots’ worst year by every measure since 2000.