5. 2000 Patriots
Team record: 5-11
It wasn’t all peaches and rainbows during Bill Belichick’s time in New England. In fact, they got off to a horrific start and most of the blame had to be placed on the man the Patriots now can’t live without.
After being shown the door in Cleveland, Belichick found himself back in the head coaching chair in 2000 for the New England Patriots. With a fresh start and Drew Bledsoe as his new quarterback, Belichick failed miserably.
Known for his ability to piece together a defense, Belichick’s squad ranked only 17th in the league that season. Bledsoe was a great passer, finishing the year with over 3,000 yards. Also, they had some weapons on the perimeter in Troy Brown and Terry Glenn. Both finished with just a shade under 1,000 receiving yards; Brown registered 944 yards and Glenn chipped in 963.
The weapons were everywhere for Belichick, but they ranked just 25th in the NFL with 17.3 points per game. That, in turn, was the problem. Even harking back to his Cleveland days. Belichick was a remarkable defensive mind, but his offensive game plans were very much putrid.