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Why Bill Belichick’s mishandling of Patriots offense goes beyond Matt Patricia, Joe Judge


FOXBORO — To understand how the Patriots offense has spiraled so suddenly and so spectacularly over a dozen games, start with six words from Bill Belichick.

“Players win games. Coaches lose them.”

Nowadays, Matt Patricia and Joe Judge might be more aptly described as professional punching bags than coaches, as the Patriots offense unit sinks to new lows not seen in the Bill Belichick era The Pats have dropped multiple games because they’ve been out-coached, something their own players began to point out last week. But remember what happened after reports of Belichick promoting Patricia and Judge first surfaced in late February.

Belichick toyed with his best offensive position group, the only common thread between the Patriots’ run and pass struggles.

The Pats’ 2021 offensive line, which did not start its current best player in right guard Mike Onwenu, finished as a top-10 pass-blocking and run-blocking unit, per Pro Football Focus grading. Only left guard Ted Karras and right tackle Trent Brown were set to hit free agency, while Onwenu waited in the wings as a viable replacement at either position.


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