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NFL Front-Office ranking: Belichick, Patriots in freefall?


Guess we shouldn’t be surprised, considering he hasn’t won a playoff game since Tom Brady left town. But the legacy and legend of Bill Belichick continues to be tarnished as the New England Patriots enter their 2022 season.

In the NFL Draft, critics and even peers – the Los Angeles Rams mean something to you? – beat the Pats to reach offensive lineman Cole Strange in the first round and receiver Tyquan Thornton in the second. Seemingly desperate for improvements at linebacker following the departures of Kyle Van Noy, Jamie Collins and Dont’a Hightower, Belichick completely ignored the position in the draft and instead spent valuable assets on positions of strength: quarterback -back and running back.

For their curious draft and lackluster maneuvers in free agency, the Patriots received the NFL’s worst offseason rating by analytics site Pro Football Focus. But again, New England negotiated two of the most favorable contracts for the team in the league with Matthew Judon and Kendrick Bourne.

So what is it: Did Belichick lose his fastball? Or did he just smartly demote in a cap-strapped year?

In PThe latest FF ranking of NFL front offices, it seems to be … both. Belichick receives criticism but is also let loose, with his essentially one-man think tank ranking 13th.

PFF explains:

We’ll never rely on Belichick, but his spending spree in 2021 didn’t yield the expected results. Hunter Henry and Matthew Judon played well in their first seasons as Patriots, but Nelson Agholor and Jonnu Smith’s contracts already look like failures. Short of the cap in 2022, Belichick’s big move to round out his sophomore quarterback was… to trade for 29-year-old DeVante Parker. The legendary New England head coach will have a chance to reset next offseason.

Just as painful as the Pats’ slide into mid-pack mediocrity is the fact that the No. 1-ranked front office resides in Buffalo, where PFF says general manager Brandon Beane’s outfit is “the blueprint for every front office in the NFL. “

As for the rest of the AFC East, the New York Jets are ranked 18th and the Miami Dolphins are 20th.