New England Patriots

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National Football League
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Location:
Foxboro, MA United States
Conference:
American Football Conference
 

Season Outlook Analysis

Offense
Position
Quarterbacks
A+
One of the best chess players to play the game. Has seen every defense out their and has an answer for them all. Elite ability pre-snap. Accurate at all levels. Has loss a bit of zip on his down field throws. Still do not expect much decline in his game.
Running Backs
B+
Versatile group. A bunch of guys with unique skill sets. Early down backs, Third down backs, and potentially an all purpose back with newly drafted, first round Sony Michel. Patriots have had a history to use running back by committee, but to use a first round pick on a running back is very un-patriot like thing to do so expect Sony to be utilized heavily.
Protection & Blocking
A
Donte Scarnecchia has been the unsung hero in New England. The guru of the O-Line, expect another year for him to develop an efficient O-Line to protect Brady. Not all that athletic, but a technically sound group, with high IQ.
Receiving
B+
Clean route runners across the board. Not much size outside of Gronk. Not much dynamic ability, but a precise group. Highly attentive to detail. Understands matchups. Quick and shifty guys that can create separation. Outstanding timing with Brady.
Skills
Speed
B-
Production
A+
Big Play Ability
B-
Consistency
A+
Red Zone Success
A+
Skills Analysis Notes
Highly productive and consistent offense. A offense with answers to all defenses. Not many dynamic players but high football IQ guys. As Brady gets older, they will have to lean on the ground game more which is why they spent a first round pick on Sony Michel. He has the ability to become a workhorse in this league and the Patriots' most explosive player if given the opportunity.

Defense
Position
Defensive Line
C+
A lot of unproven guys. Not many veterans. Will lack consistent pass rushing ability. Should be better in stopping the run as they have some big body guys that are quick and can shed blocks.
Linebackers
B
Led by D'onta Hightower, they are typically a very disciplined group against the run and in pass coverage.
Defensive Backs
A-
This is their strongest unit in the defense. Solid man-to-man guys. Can all make plays on the ball. Not often penalized.
Skills
Passing Game Defense
B
Stopping the Run
B+
Controlling Field Position
B+
Stopping The Big Play
A-
Causing Turnovers
B-
Skills Analysis Notes
The front doesn't have the ability to create enough havoc to rush the passer so it will make the jobs of the secondary more difficult to stick with receivers longer. This defense will excel in disguising looks to compensate for their lack of dynamic ability.

Special Teams and Coaching
Special Teams
Place Kicking
A
Punting
A
Kickoff/Punt Returning
B-
Kickoff/Punt Coverage
B+
Overall Unit Analysis
Consistent and Efficient.
Coaching
Effectiveness
A
Preparedness
A+
Decision Making
A-
Overall Coaching / School Analysis
Outstanding game planning on a week-to-week basis. Multiple schemes on both offense and defense. Understands how to attack weakness of opposing teams. Losing DC Matt Patricia may effect the defensive versatility.

Overall Team
Overall Team Grade
A+
Analysis
Always a super bowl contender. A team with high standards and accountability. High football IQ players in every positional room accompanied with a great coaching staff. Beats teams above the shoulders.
Last season, did the team
meet your expectations?
Met My Expections
Expected Wins
13
Expected Losses
3
Expectations/ Outlook
Always a contender with Belichick and Brady. Not an overwhelming schedule. Expect them to lose less than a handful of games. The Patriots are known to over prepare and out game plan other teams. A team that rarely fails in execution.