For decades, the New England Patriots have focused more on building a strong defense than adding firepower to their offense.
Of course, they could afford to do that because they had one of the greatest quarterbacks of all time in Tom Brady, a guy who often made the most of the weapons he had.
Brady had some notable pass-catchers throughout the years, such as Randy Moss, Julian Edelman, Rob Gronkowski, and Wes Welker, among others, yet the explosiveness of the offense wasn’t Bill Belichick’s cover letter.
What truly stood out from the Pats’ offense throughout the years is their plethora of pass-catching running backs wreaking havoc out of the backfield after screen passes.
So, it wasn’t much of a surprise to see that the Patriots decided to coach all the scat backs at Shrine Bowl, as they might as well be looking for their next pass-catching machine.
The Falcons, on the other hand, focused on the bigger backs instead.
Interesting fodder from @ShrineBowl, Flacons coaching all the big RBs and Patriots coaching all the scat backs is by design. That’s what each organization wanted.
— RosterWatch (@RosterWatch) January 30, 2023
There’s no doubt that the Patriots desperately need an offensive catalyst after having one of the most boring and most predictable, and inefficient offenses in the league this season.
Needless to say, having Matt Patricia call the plays and not naming an official Offensive Coordinator didn’t do a lot to help their cause, even if Mac Jones also failed to impress and take a leap forward in his second year in the league.
So, who knows? Bill Belichick has always made the most of every piece he’s gotten, even if they’re not highly-touted prospects.NEXT: The Patriots Share A Complete Tom Brady Farewell Video