Even Bill Belichick can’t Geppetto New England’s wooden offense to life


Bill, or what’s left of him, is interested in re-opening the New England offensive for many years. He has a minimal interest in the offensive aspect. The rules state that Belichick must field a quarterback at center, but ever since Tom Brady parted ways with him in 2010, The Hoodie has pushed his passing attack to the corner and focused on creating the dullest possible offense. Every offseason, he picks up a burly, fringe Pro Bowl tight end and then chases linemen and cornerbacks.

When was the last time you watched a Patriots offensive series and felt your adrenaline rushing? I’ve seen more explosive high school offenses. Belichick doesn’t seem to have given his offense more than a passing glance for years. Belichick’s signature unit has been demoralized in his attempt to prove that he can win even with his hands tied behind his head. He appointed his former offensive coordinator as his chief executive last year. Bill O’Brien is back to help Mac Jones but has inadequate tools. Jones’ throwing is to one of the least intimidating and most mediocre receiving groups in the league, while the offensive line falls below Belichick standards. For the second week in a row, the Patriots’ offense has played possum with a suboptimal team. New England, which was beaten 38-3 by Dallas Cowboys last week, lost 34-0 to the New Orleans Saints this Sunday. Both losses were Belichick’s worst in his career.

The Saints defeat hurt even more. The Saints’ loss was more painful because it came after a humiliating loss to the Cowboys. Belichick’s defensive strategies are not to blame. What should the defense do when Jones scores more points than his own offense, and burns out repeatedly after three downs? The 1-3 Jets, 1-4 Giants and the 2-2 Browns defenses are emblematic of how even the most well-coached defenses can get beaten into submission.

In the past two games, Jones has thrown for 260 yards, donated four interceptions to needy defenses, including a pair of pick-sixes, as well as a fumble returned for six, and engineered only one scoring drive. New England’s mess raises an unthinkable possibility. How much longer can the Patriots live with a stubborn Belichick eschewing explosive skill position players or a franchise quarterback?

Rigor mortis hasn’t set in yet, because the offense is DOA. Jones hasn’t been good since his rookie year. It’s hard to tell if his regression is the result of a chicken-egg situation. Jones’ water pistol arm or his lack of skill is holding back an offensive that has less room for error in the NFL than any other unit. Tom Brady’s unmatched efficiency allowed the Pats’ to get away without a lot of imagination. For the majority of his career, Brady also threw to Rob Gronkowski as well as a variety of slot receivers such Julius Edelmen and Wes Welker. Belichick always tries to save money on offense. San Antonio Spurs have been more stable in the last 20 years than New England. Gregg Popovich, like Belichick lost more

games (

) than any other coach

but Dwane Casey. However, San Antonio’s faith in Popovich has been renewed in the months since the Spurs drafted Victor Wembanyama.Theoretically, Belichick can still mold talent, but he needs to at least be willing to upgrade his roster, especially at quarterback, and find his own Wembanyama. The quarterback doesn’t have to be an elite talent, like Caleb Williams. But a quarterback that can stretch the field is a good start. Jones is a better choice than an eight-time Super Bowl winner who has won six titles as a coach. The 2024 Draft is projected to be rich with signal callers and the Patriots should be in the mix if Belichick follows through on his promise to stick with Jones

as his starter moving forward.

Belichick has earned the benefit of the doubt. He is the most successful coach in league and is just a few years away from surpassing Don Shula’s career wins. He is also a proud guy who feels ashamed of admitting failure. He also needs to become humbled. Belichick may think he can fix Jones himself, but don’t allow him to overthink things. This is one of AFC’s worst offensive units because they have the same mindset. They lack a solid nucleus around which to build. The best thing that could happen to Belichick’s legacy is for this season to snowball so that this team can move on from Jones in the offseason, construct a functional offense and gauge whether Belichick still has what it takes to cook up another contender.Follow DJ Dunson on X: @