The New England Patriots were in the Super Bowl as recently as 2018. What moves do they need to make to get back to the big game? Thinking about this team in the Super Bowl in their current state is kind of laughable, but it’s the goal for all 32 teams each and every season.
The Pats have endured a couple rough seasons since Tom Brady left for Tampa Bay, and there is still more work to be done to get this team back to where they want to be. Bill Belichick, the head coach and general manager, will have quite a bit of cap space to work with this offseason and also the potential to acquire an upgrade at the quarterback position.
There are a few moves the team can make to get themselves back to the Super Bowl. What are they?
Moves to get the Patriots back to the Super Bowl
1. Find a legitimate play-caller
This is the first order of business for the team. Matt Patricia simply cannot continue calling plays for this team. We do know that offensive staff changes are coming, but the part that brings some uncertainty is Bill Belichick’s decisions for this coming change.
He apparently saw no problem putting a special teams coach and a defensive coach primarily in charge of the offense. Hopefully, Belichick can realize that, you know, offensive minded coaches should be calling the plays for that unit.
2. Find a true threat at wide receiver
This is another obvious issue that the Patriots need to fix. The team does not have a true difference maker at wide receiver, the team needs to find one this offseason, no matter what. DeAndre Hopkins appears to be packing his bags to leave Arizona, and Brandin Cooks recently voiced his opinion on his current situation.
We also cannot rule out the Patriots falling in love with a receiver in the NFL Draft, either. Whatever the solution may be, and however they may go about it, New England needs to find themselves a weapon on the outside, or the offense will fail to be dynamic.
3. Pursue an upgrade at quarterback
Whether or not Mac Jones is the answer for the Patriots is not a legitimate argument right now. If there is an opportunity for the team to acquire a significant upgrade from Mac Jones, then the team should go through with that.
Maybe Lamar Jackson requests a trade. Maybe Tom Brady wants to come back home. Maybe the Pats think Jimmy Garoppolo is an upgrade over Mac Jones. Whoever their target is, they need to pursue them if that’s who they think should be the quarterback of the team.