After a 6-6 start, there have been many analysts that have been hyper-critical of the New England Patriots‘ leadership.
One of the reasons for criticism is coaching.
There’s benching Malcolm Butler, there’s letting Tom Brady walk.
The #Patriots not surrounding Mac Jones with a competent coaching staff going into his second NFL season could go down as the worst coaching decision in Bill Belichick’s career.
— Mike Kadlick (@mikekadlick) December 2, 2022
Patriots beat writer Mike Kadlick points to three inciting incidents that drive a large majority of frustration amongst Patriots fans.
The first is the benching of Malcolm Butler.
In the 2018 Super Bowl loss to the Philadelphia Eagles, many Patriots fans were shocked to see Butler on the bench.
Not only did Butler not start in this game, but he wasn’t allowed to be on the field at all for the Super Bowl.
It was later found out that Butler had a feud with the coaching staff the week prior, which led to him being benched, much to the chagrin of the Patriots fanbase.
The Current Patriots Coaching Regime
The Patriots are led by coaches Bill Belichick, Matt Patricia and Joe Judge, just to name a few.
These three coaches have a combined 77 years of NFL coaching experience.
While this experience is needed, and certainly helpful, many are wondering if changes need to be made.
After all, this is the coaching staff that was a part of Tom Brady leaving New England.
It’s also the coaching staff who hasn’t given Mac Jones his best ability to succeed.
With all of the scrutiny surrounding the Patriots and their coaching staff, it’s only a matter of time before ownership demands a coaching change.
Who will that coach be?
And, will the Patriots return to their Super Bowl-winning ways?