No NFL squad is the same from one year to the next. Players leave free agency, leave, are discharged, carry on. New blood is introduced to the mix. Even if some important parts stay, NFL teams are change shapers, always shifting from one year to the next.
No franchise is more obvious than the New England Patriots. In the past, the Dynasty of Dynasties, Bill Belichick’s squad has been through overhauls and continues to dominate AFC East and NFL.
The Pats ‘ 2019 edition has to solve some large losses. The list of players and trainers departures is lengthy:
Notable Patriots Losses 2019 Offseason
TE Rob Gronkowski
WR Chris Hogan
WR Cordarrelle Patterson
TE Dwayne Allen
T Trent Brown
T LaAdrian Waddle
T Jared Veldheer
DE Trey Flowers
DT Malcolm Brown
DE Adrian Clayborn
CB Eric Rowe
Defensive coordinator Brian Flores
Defensive line coach Brendan Daly
Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer
Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy informed former New England champion Willie McGinnest that the key to restoring all the losses was the culture Belichick still instilled with the program in the military.
“Bill does a really nice job of setting the culture with the participants who have been there for their tenures,” Van Noy said. “Like Patrick Chung, Donte Hightower, Devin McCourty, Tom (Brady), they’ve been there for a while, Matthew Slater. These people have been carried on from your age, the norm, and we’re just attempting to maintain that heritage working.
“When that culture is set, it doesn’t matter, we all have the same objective in mind and that’s just winning.”
In the past, the Pats have achieved on-field attrition. Losing Gronk is huge, but the premise is that the Patriots will be okay as soon as Brady throws moves. The larger issue arises with the coaching attrition we’ve seen from New England over the last few seasons, particularly on the ball’s defensive side.
Without a defensive coordinator, Belichick is anticipated to play a stronger position than usual in everyday exercise and play-calling this season. Van Noy welcomes the opportunity to be driven by the greatest coach in NFL history.
“I think for me, whenever you learn from one of the best things you’ve ever done — to me, he’s the best — to learn from him every day, to keep that mindset in your meetings all the time, to get you information and things you normally don’t see, you get in his mind a little bit, it’s the best thing,” Van Noy said.
Perhaps one day the dynasty will die. No one expects it to collapse in 2019, even with the attrition this year.
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