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(USA Today)   After a sloppy three-point win against an awful Texans squad, it's time for Bill Belichick to hand over his MENSA card, and just admit he's hardly a genius   (ftw.usatoday.com) divider line
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2021-10-11 2:07:25 PM  
Having a touchdown taken away from a punch out at the goal line indicates the fortunes of the Patriots are heading south.

/invest in bags with eyeholes cut out
 
2021-10-11 2:42:10 PM  
Pats O-line is beat up, and that's not good for a rookie QB. Mac did quite well, considering. Hopefully they get healthy and squeeze into a wildcard spot.
 
2021-10-11 3:51:38 PM  
Headline of article calls the Patriots frauds. How? They're 2-3 with two wins against bad teams. To be a fraud you have to appear to be a good team until one looks a little closer.
 
2021-10-11 4:00:20 PM  
Only a 3 point win against a team who punted off one of their own players helmets?

Man they suck
 
2021-10-11 4:00:33 PM  
Perhaps it's time for the organization to release him due to a diminishing of his coaching skills.

/Deep cut there for some Browns fans of a certain age
 
2021-10-11 4:02:32 PM  
good team without their good players not good any more, film at 11
 
2021-10-11 4:04:11 PM  
We'll take him.

/Broncos fan.
 
2021-10-11 4:05:58 PM  
This isnt soccer. They got the W.

The final score means precisely dick.
 
2021-10-11 4:16:38 PM  
The emperor's got no hoodie.
 
2021-10-11 4:19:39 PM  
It seems to me that Bill is following the career arc of Tom Landry. A brilliant coach at first until the game passed him by.

Yes...no...maybe?
 
2021-10-11 4:32:03 PM  

ZMugg: It seems to me that Bill is following the career arc of Tom Landry. A brilliant coach at first until the game passed him by.

Yes...no...maybe?


Ehh, Landry had Staubach, Belichick had Brady. Hard to stay at championship levels after they move on.

/Danny White still did OK QBing Dallas (consecutive NFC Championship appearances) but didn't have quite the same success.
//Jury is still out on Mac Jones, I guess.
 
2021-10-11 4:50:46 PM  
Scoreboard.
 
2021-10-11 5:26:58 PM  

ZMugg: It seems to me that Bill is following the career arc of Tom Landry. A brilliant coach at first until the game passed him by.

Yes...no...maybe?


The game will never pass Belichick by. He is always evolving, trying to figure out what works in the now.

All the rules that were changed because of the Patriots, he figured out how to change the team strategy to take advantage of those rules. Hence why early-career Brady the game manager who "just wins" became an elite passer breaking nearly all records at one time or another. That happened after Polian and Irsay proposed a rule change that would prohibit the Patriots from beating up their wide receivers at the line of scrimmage.
 
2021-10-11 5:39:48 PM  
No one on the Pats offense scares opposing defenses. They're winning ugly with cast-offs, a rookie QB, and a hurt OL.

The Bills are running away with that division, though.
 
2021-10-11 5:55:18 PM  
Bill has rarely been about flat out dominating teams.  Most of their success has been by small percentage points.  Finding a way to win, going up early, and frustrating fans by playing safe in the first quarter, or maybe even outlasting their opponents, taking advantage of situations, from game to game, and from play to play.

They won the SB in 2018, and put themselves in cap hell to do so.  That's a good trade for the last two years of rebuilding.  He's had down years before, it's silly to expect him to win every single game.  I'm expecting a rookie QB year, this year, and some improvement next year/maybe even within the season.  It would be fun if they can make some noises about the playoffs, but no particularly disappointing if they don't.  This is all why I watch the games, to see what happens.

Get lost with your failure to win a SB in a digging out of cap hell year, equals failure silliness.
 
2021-10-11 6:03:56 PM  
A guy with more Super Bowl rings than some people have fingers is suddenly not good at his job because (get this!) the team isn't as good once its good players retire or go elsewhere?

Hold on, my fainting couch is around here somewhere.
 
2021-10-11 6:38:46 PM  

NetOwl: A guy with more Super Bowl rings than some people have fingers is suddenly not good at his job because (get this!) the team isn't as good once its good players retire or go elsewhere?

Hold on, my fainting couch is around here somewhere.


I think it's just more a lesson in how little coaches matter compared to players. Bill's just the latest example of it
 
2021-10-11 8:59:31 PM  
I can't believe a coach who had to cheat to beat the Jets and the Bengals isn't infallible!
 
2021-10-12 2:06:35 PM  
I've been sayin' it for years. He's made truly terrible picks/trades, but had an incredible QB to cover for it. Now that Tom's gone, the emperor has no clothes.

Lifelong Pats fan. 50 years old.
 
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