Bellichick may be a great coach, but how many guys did he personally draft or sign to NE that were on the Super Bowl teams? Not a dig, but a serious question. I would think there were a lot of holdovers from the Parcells/Carroll regimes.
There were. Bruschi, Vrabel, McGinest Ty Law...All their core pieces on D were there before. He did draft Seymour and Samuel though.
Great coach, but proving to not be a great drafter.
I don't think I've ever seen a defense that lacks talent like this D does. I was watching the game with my Patriots fan brother, and probably asked him who at least 6 of their starters on D were. His answer to all of them, "we picked him up off the street a week or 2 ago"...
Their D was bad at the start of the year, and now they are decimated with injuries. It's beyond ugly. They don't stand a chance in January, IMO.