“All who were brought in, they were brought for a purpose and a reason”
After a disappointing season in which the New England Patriots not only missed the playoffs but saw their former hero Tom Brady win a Super Bowl elsewhere, Bill Belichick set out to improve the squad for 2021. He has spent. a historic sum of money in free agency to do so. he and wrote a first-round QB for the first time in his New England tenure, but it seems to be working. One of those free agents, Kyle Van Noy, who the legendary coach recently signed, explained why Belichick’s bet paid off so well.
New England Patriots are back faster than expected
The season following the loss of the greatest quarterback of all time has gone about as expected for the New England Patriots.
The team went 7-9, finished third in the AFC East behind the Buffalo Bills and Miami Dolphins, and looked like something the Pats haven’t looked like in two decades: an ordinary team from the NFL.
Then two things happened in February and March 2021: Tom Brady added insult to injury by winning the Super Bowl with his new team, and Bill Belichick dove into the free agent pool in a way we have never seen it before.
In the two weeks since the start of the free agent period in early March, Belichick has spent an unprecedented $ 159.6 million guaranteed on new contracts for himself and other free agents.
The most notable deals Belichick made included signing TE Jonnu Smith for $ 31.25 million guaranteed, LB Matthew Judon for $ 32 million guaranteed, CB Jalen Mills for $ 9 million guaranteed, WR Kendrick Bourne for 5, $ 25 million guaranteed, WR Nelson Agholor for $ 15 million guaranteed, TE Hunter Henry for $ 25 million guaranteed and LB Kyle Van Noy for $ 6 million guaranteed, by ESPN.
Then Belichick locked up key veterans like RB James White and DT Lawrence Guy and drafted QB Mac Jones from Alabama with the No.15 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
This collection of new talent and a rookie QB has struggled to come out. The Patriots started 1-3, then 2-4. Since then, the team has won five in a row.
The team is now 7-4, and with the Buffalo Bills’ resounding loss to the Indianapolis Colts, they are now (once again) in first place in the AFC East.
The acquisition of free agent in 2021, Kyle Van Noy, explained why the new-look team works so well together
How are the New England Patriots doing? How does Bill Belichick spend more free agent money than any team in NFL history and make all the new pieces fit?
One of those new pieces, Kyle Van Noy (who also played for the 2016-19 Patriots), joined the Pat McAfee Show to discuss his team’s recent streak of success following a 25-0 loss to the Atlanta Falcons on Thursday night football.
Van Noy explained to Pat McAfee and his company why the collection of free agents has propelled the Pats to the heights they have:
For everyone who was brought in, they were brought in for a purpose and a reason, and everyone is maximizing and trying to maximize what they do best. And it’s great to see. You have a guy like Hunter Henry from the Chargers, and he’s a touchdown machine. You have Kendrick Bourne, the energy is going crazy, I mean, his energy is going crazy. And then our guy, ‘Red Sleeves’ Matthew Judon. Oh my God. Money well spent, RKK [owner Robert Kraft].
Kyle Van Noy on the 2021 New England Patriots free agent class
This Van Noy explanation fits perfectly with Belichick’s “Patriot Way” philosophy.
Much of the Hall of Fame coach’s eventual success is attributed to his mantra that everyone has a job to do, and every player’s primary goal should be to do that job to the best of their ability. .
It stands to reason that Belichick also extended the Patriot Way to his free agency follies. He chose players who have a very specific function and who are capable of fulfilling those functions. That means they’re not necessarily the best players overall, but they’re some of the best at what Belichick wants them to do, and that’s why they’re helping New England win.
Patriots control their own destiny with two clashes against the Bills to come
The Buffalo Bills were the favorites to return to the AFC East in the preseason and even in the early days of the regular season.
Now, after a brutal Week 11 loss to the Indianapolis Colts, the West New York team is as cold as the Patriots are hot. The Bills have lost three of their last five games and are now in crisis mode.
As bad as it sounds for the Bills, the silver lining is they still have two games left against the Patriots. This means these two AFC East contenders control their own fate in the division.
The first game takes place during week 13 of Monday Night Football in Buffalo. Next is three weeks later at Foxborough.
If a team can sweep those two games, that team will likely walk away with the division.
What once seemed like a fatality – the Bills winning the AFC East – is now widely questioned, and, comparing the forms of the two teams, it is not unreasonable to view the New England Patriots as the new favorites.
And, at the end of the day, dominating the AFC East is the true path of the Patriots.
All statistics are courtesy of Professional football benchmark
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