Rebuilding The Patriots For 2021 And Beyond

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I would think that is exactly what the owners would want to do.
Lower salaries and lower payroll...yeah, the owners wouldn't mind pocketing some extra profit after this year. Let the GMs handle the personnel and the coaches handle the Xs and Os as collateral damage.
The NFLPA won't want that but it goes back to the CBA and the % of revenue. Not much the NFLPA can do about it unless the owners agree to negotiate from what I'm told.
 

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I am all for drafting a rookie and starting him. I am not sure why we have to waste another year with a QB who is not going to be here for long. Its not the same as a rookie starting for the bengals, he is in ok hands he is not here to save the franchise, but you have to see what you have. We never saw that with Stidham, who we might never know what happened to.
I think the Pats offense is just too complex for a rookie to start. I agree with your overall premise but not for the Pats. Qb takes time to develop in our system. Took Jimmy 2.5 years.
 
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“He could coach every position better than the position coach,” Long said. “That’s insane. It’s insane. Just the way he’s hands-on everywhere. And also, like most teams you’re on, after you have a terrible game, you talk to the coach for like five minutes. He might cuss you out. Everybody feels really small for a couple of seconds. And then you split up, offense and defense.

“Bill’s going to do it in front of the whole room. And everybody has to sit in there. And everybody sits in there for like two hours. You watch the whole tape. So I know who’s shitty on offense. If I played bad (in 2016), Tom Brady knows I’ve played bad and all those guys, so on and so forth. (I would love to have) his knowledge and that kind of comprehensive understanding of the game.”
 
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It's the 26th anniversary today of Bob Kraft's purchase of the Patriots.
We should thank the men who made it possible
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#93 Robert Kraft​

Chairman & CEO, The Kraft Group
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Best QBs Available via Free Agency (Free-Agent board rank)​

  1. Dak Prescott (1)
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (18)
  3. Jameis Winston (29)
  4. Cam Newton (34)
  5. Andy Dalton (35)

Editor's note: PFF’s 2021 NFL free-agency rankings offer three-year player grades, updated contract information, in-depth player analysis and PFF’s newly developed Wins Above Replacement (WAR) metric for all of the top NFL free agents. Click here to view the full list.

The potential prize of the free-agent market is Prescott, but there’s still a high-percentage chance that he will re-sign with the Dallas Cowboys before free agency starts. If he’s available, it’s a potential top-10 quarterback who will be coveted by every QB-needy team not picking in the top four of the draft.

Prescott posted the highest grade of his career in 2020, albeit on a limited sample, and he did so in a Dallas attack that relied heavily on the passing game. He recorded the 11th-highest percentage of positively graded throws prior to his injury and has taken his game to a new level over the past two years.

Fitzpatrick is another potential starter in more of a “bridge” quarterback role, though he’s also played the best football of his career over the last three years, earning PFF grades of 83.9 (2018), 76.6 (2019) and 75.1 (2020) since 2018.

Newton may not earn another starting job after a rough season in New England. The same is true for Winston, who has starter potential but couldn’t convince a team to hand him the keys in 2020. Both quarterbacks could be vying for “best backup in the league” status in 2021, and they’re more than capable of leading efficient offenses with a good supporting cast.

Best QBs Available via the 2021 NFL Draft (2021 NFL Draft Board rank)​

  1. Trevor Lawrence (1)
  2. Zach Wilson (2)
  3. Justin Fields (3)
  4. Trey Lance (10)
  5. Mac Jones (30)
  6. Kyle Trask (44)
  7. Jamie Newman (86)
The draft is loaded at the top, with the possibility that three quarterbacks come off the board with the top three picks.

Lawrence is the prize of the class, as he will enter the league with the best combination of velocity, accuracy, decision-making and athleticism that we have seen in quite a while.

BYU’s Wilson emerged with a dominant 2020 season to go with excellent velocity and natural playmaking ability. Meanwhile, Ohio State’s Fields also possesses the necessary tools to succeed, and it’s just a matter of him getting to play a bit faster than he did with the Buckeyes.

Other potential first-rounders include North Dakota State’s Lance, who has a big arm and good speed, but he’s played just over 1,000 snaps in college at the FCS level. He’s a toolsy project who needs time to develop.

The other intriguing names include Alabama’s Mac Jones, who broke out with an incredible 2020 campaign. Jones just earned the highest PFF grade we've ever given to a college quarterback and is the opposite of many of the aforementioned prospects, as he relies on accuracy and decision-making rather than physical tools.

Florida’s Trask is similar, as both he and Jones lack the out-of-pocket magic of their peers. Trask’s big selling point is his late development as a passer after playing so little football over the last few years.

Newman is another mid-round prospect to watch, as he showed flashes of brilliance at Wake Forest, albeit in an offensive system that has little that translates to the NFL. He has a good deep ball and promising rushing ability.

The rest of the class features potential backups and “upside” plays, such as Texas A&M’s Kellen Mond.

Best Quarterbacks Available via potential trade (2020 PFF QB Rank)​

  1. Deshaun Watson (3)
  2. Matthew Stafford (13)
  3. Jimmy Garoppolo (32)
  4. Carson Wentz (35)
Here’s where the offseason could get crazy. Watson may want out of Houston, and he’s a top-three asset in the NFL. He would command multiple first-round picks and more.

Stafford makes the list only because of the new regime in Detroit, and he could be coveted by teams closer to “win-now” mode. After a slow start, Stafford found his groove during the second half of the season on his way to the 12th-highest percentage of big-time throws at 5.1%. His 82.0 overall grade is the second-highest of his career, right behind his 2019 mark of 82.6.

Garoppolo is movable for the 49ers, and that will be predicated on whether head coach Kyle Shanahan feels as though his offense has maxed out with Jimmy G under center. The 49ers hold the 12th pick of the draft, perhaps a good spot for a developmental quarterback like Trey Lance, and that decision would buy Garoppolo some time as the starter in San Francisco.

The Eagles are in rebuilding mode, and Carson Wentz is coming off one of the most dramatic drop-offs in NFL history. He has a tough contract to move, but as a reclamation project, there will be interest around the league if the Eagles decide it’s time for both parties to start anew.

If your team is in need of a quarterback, the top of the draft is the best bet this season. Beyond that, having extra draft capital could lead to a potential Watson trade or perhaps another veteran option like Stafford.

Free agency is better suited for bridge quarterbacks and high-end backups, though Prescott hitting the market would be a game-changer
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Great stuff Chevss. Thank you.

Best QBs Available via Free Agency (Free-Agent board rank)​

  1. Dak Prescott (1)
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (18)
  3. Jameis Winston (29)
  4. Cam Newton (34)
  5. Andy Dalton (35)
In this group, I would want Dak first, then Fitz, then Winston although I think the Saints are going to re-sign him with Brees' retirement.

Best QBs Available via the 2021 NFL Draft (2021 NFL Draft Board rank)​

  1. Trevor Lawrence (1)
  2. Zach Wilson (2)
  3. Justin Fields (3)
  4. Trey Lance (10)
  5. Mac Jones (30)
  6. Kyle Trask (44)
  7. Jamie Newman (86)
In this group, I would want Fields or Trask. Pats would have to move up to get Fields for sure and maybe Trask too. I don't know who Jamie Newman is. Is he good?

Best Quarterbacks Available via potential trade (2020 PFF QB Rank)​

  1. Deshaun Watson (3)
  2. Matthew Stafford (13)
  3. Jimmy Garoppolo (32)
  4. Carson Wentz (35)
This by far is the most intriguing group. First on my list would be Watson but I doubt Bill gives up the capital to get him. I would want Jimmy next. I know many folks have soured on Jimmy but we know he can run our system and he is a winner. The injuries are very worrisome but perhaps our training staff can get the best out of him there. I don't want any part of Wentz or Stafford.
 

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Jules just confirmed he's not retiring, so that's great news. His contract isn't too crazy either, so I'd like to think he will play for the Pats next season.
 
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Great stuff Chevss. Thank you.

Best QBs Available via Free Agency (Free-Agent board rank)​

  1. Dak Prescott (1)
  2. Ryan Fitzpatrick (18)
  3. Jameis Winston (29)
  4. Cam Newton (34)
  5. Andy Dalton (35)
In this group, I would want Dak first, then Fitz, then Winston although I think the Saints are going to re-sign him with Brees' retirement.

Best QBs Available via the 2021 NFL Draft (2021 NFL Draft Board rank)​

  1. Trevor Lawrence (1)
  2. Zach Wilson (2)
  3. Justin Fields (3)
  4. Trey Lance (10)
  5. Mac Jones (30)
  6. Kyle Trask (44)
  7. Jamie Newman (86)
In this group, I would want Fields or Trask. Pats would have to move up to get Fields for sure and maybe Trask too. I don't know who Jamie Newman is. Is he good?

Best Quarterbacks Available via potential trade (2020 PFF QB Rank)​

  1. Deshaun Watson (3)
  2. Matthew Stafford (13)
  3. Jimmy Garoppolo (32)
  4. Carson Wentz (35)
This by far is the most intriguing group. First on my list would be Watson but I doubt Bill gives up the capital to get him. I would want Jimmy next. I know many folks have soured on Jimmy but we know he can run our system and he is a winner. The injuries are very worrisome but perhaps our training staff can get the best out of him there. I don't want any part of Wentz or Stafford.

I'd take Stafford in a heartbeat. He'd be a perfect bridge for 2-3 years.
 

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I'd take Stafford in a heartbeat. He'd be a perfect bridge for 2-3 years.
Between the picks it would take to get him and the amount we would have to pay him, I would not want him. We have so many holes to fill. He would prevent us from building a team around him. If we were just a piece or two away he would be great but we can't mortgage picks and that much cap IMO.
 
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Between the picks it would take to get him and the amount we would have to pay him, I would not want him. We have so many holes to fill. He would prevent us from building a team around him. If we were just a piece or two away he would be great but we can't mortgage picks and that much cap IMO.
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As long as he's a personnel evaluation guy, I'm fine with it. He and Rothstein bring all the Lions' player evaluations for the draft.
Can't hurt.
Do Not Want Him as DC.
My impression (and that's all it is) was under his watch I was constantly yelling (3rd down) "Get off the field" but no luck.

So I'm with you,

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Yeah, we went from a conservative, passive, wait and see defense to a dominant, aggressive and dangerous defense when he left. So I hope BB realizes that Patricia was holding the defense back.
 

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As long as he's a personnel evaluation guy, I'm fine with it. He and Rothstein bring all the Lions' player evaluations for the draft.
Can't hurt.
Do Not Want Him as DC.
I hate this. Why? We were better without him.
 
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