Before an NFL team turns the page on the previous season and moves forward to the next, they put the team and their players under a microscope to see what worked, what didn’t, and what needs to be changed/altered to make progress in 2020.
Obviously, we have no idea what the Patriots’ internal grading looks like, and we don’t anticipate Bill Belichick opening up his grade book to the public anytime soon. So, we’re left to do our homework with some assistance from people who have knowledge of how the Patriots view things.
So we’ll start our dissection (which is a homage to my mentor, Bob McGinn) with an overview of the team and positions, and then we’ll move onto individual player grades/assessments. Finally, we’ll conclude with our imitated but never duplicated offseason depth chart coded for performance and contract status, and with a comprehensive analysis of team needs headed into the ’20 offseason.
Part I: Grading the 2019 Patriots: Patriots were better overall, but tilted too much to the defense; Brady improved
Part II — Team grades for passing offense, rushing offense.
Part III — Team grades for passing defense, rushing defense, special teams.
Now: Part IV — Team grades for personnel moves, coaching and overall.
Next: Part V—Individual offensive grades.
Then: Part VI—Individual defensive grades.
And with that, let’s get started…
PERSONNEL MOVES: F
Well, we might as well lay it all out there in a chart. Here are the major moves the Patriots made in 2019, without getting into free agents they did not bring back:
Look, even the most ardent Patriots fan would have to agree that not a lot went right in terms of player acquisitions.
Even the "successes" were limited. Yes