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Patriots Football Daily: Will Different be Better in New England?



New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick

Yesterday the New England Patriots had head coach Jerod Mayo and their three new coordinators meet the press. There will be separate coverage of what those men had to say. They also had a “happy hour” for media members to chat with the entire Patriots coaching staff after those four had spoken. To say the absolute least, things are different in Foxboro.

While it is refreshing in many ways to have significantly more open communication in New England (especially as a member of the media) will this new approach be better for New England? This is the million-dollar question.

The New England Patriots haven’t made the playoffs in two seasons and haven’t won a postseason game in five. But before those five seasons was the 2018 Super Bowl season. And there were five Super Bowl championship seasons in Foxboro before that, in addition to nine AFC Championships under former head coach Bill Belichick. Post being, the “old way” in New England worked very well for a very long time.

But part of the reason for the “Belichick coaching tree” not having more success (in this scribe’s opinion at least) is because too many of Belichick’s assistants tried to emulate their former boss when they landed head coaching jobs elsewhere. It’s a copycat league in many ways, but coaches are only going to earn and keep credibility by being themselves. Trying to copy Bill Belichick’s success does not mean needing to copy every aspect of how he went about his business.

Jerod Mayo doing what works best for him and his staff is what is most important now. Mayo is his own man and seems comfortable doing things his way. That is good. It does not mean the way Bill Belichick did things was bad though, just different. Very, very different.

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