Depending on how the 2023 season goes, the New England Patriots might be facing a full rebuild mode after the season ends.
This would be something that most in the fanbase isn’t going to like or be used to, but it might be best for the long-term outlook of the team. The Patriots are clearly trying to retool a bit this offseason. They replaced coaches at offensive coordinator, retained some of their players and added to the offense.
They also did go 8-9 last year, so it’s not like they were far away from making the playoffs. They were 6-4 at one point during the 2022 season, and there could be reason to believe that they could be an improved club in 2023.
However, if 2023 isn’t much better than this prior season, the best course of action might be to blow the entire thing up. A full rebuilding process is never fun, I don’t think, because you’re bound to endure some lean years, but for the long-term outlook, sometimes getting a surgery is better than treating it with pain medications.
If the Patriots endure an 8-9 season or another season where they don’t make the postseason, why should they continue in the direction they’d be going in? I think, in that case, we’d see Bill Belichick and the Patriots part ways and would see a new era installed in New England.
I’d also guess or hope at least to see the team embrace the long-term outlook of the team. To me, this means parting with some aging veterans and acknowledging a rebuilding process.
Acquiring more draft capital, taking a swing on a quarterback, and spending wisely in free agency is the way to go. Just look at the Chicago Bears, they’ve embraced a full rebuild and could make quite the leap in 2023.
This might not be the most desirable thing for the team to do from the perspective of the fanbase, but unless the Patriots can impress in 2023, a rebuild might be on the horizon.