The New England Patriots are facing a crisis; the roster is bad and the team has no identity. Well, what three major changes can this team potentially make going forward? I tried to voice my opinion on the team before the season; unfortunately, I was pretty pessimistic about the state of the organization.
I understand why people were optimistic, though, and I do not fault them for that stance. Well, the Patriots have the third-worst record in the NFL and are heading toward a top pick in the 2024 NFL Draft. The team also has some uncertainty with their coaching staff going forward. At this point, it might be time to teardown the "Patriot Way" era, starting with Bill Belichick.
Reports that Belichick signed a lucrative extension before the season also revealed that the contract only ran through 2024, so Belichick doesn't appear to be all that safe. There's also been reports that the team could move on from Belichick if the team falls to the Indianapolis Colts in Week 10.
Let's go over three major changes this team can potentially make going forward.
3 major changes New England Patriots can make going forward
Robert Kraft could remove Bill Belichick from both of his duties with the team
Depending on where you look, Patriots' owner Robert Kraft seems prepared to make a change at some point in the future. That could be after Week 10 if the Patriots lose to the Colts, or it could be after the season. Well, it seems like a change with at least the head coach spot is going to happen at some point.
I also don't think Kraft owes anything to Belichick and I don't think he'd hesitate to remove him from his head coach and general manager roles. Kraft is the boss, and even though Belichick has been the de-facto GM for years, why should that impact the "now?" Well, it shouldn't. Jerod Mayo seems to be the head coach in waiting in New England, which likely then means Kraft brings in a separate person to be the new GM.