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Patriots Fail to Make Honor Roll on NFLPA Team Report Card



New England Patriots team owner Robert Kraft faces reporters Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024, in Foxborough, Mass., during an NFL football news conference held to discuss the departure of former Patriots head coach Bill Belichick. Belichick's departure brings to an end to his 24-year tenure as the architect of the most decorated dynasty of the league's Super Bowl era. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

The annual NFLPA survey results were released on Wednesday. Over 1,300 NFL participated in the report. It covers a wide variety of topics that affect the players.

The NFLPA states that the purpose of the team report cards, “is to improve the overall working conditions for our players, which includes the daily experience of players at the team facilities away from the lights and cameras.”

They go on to add that the purpose is to state, “Our goals were to highlight positive clubs, identify areas that could use improvement, and highlight best practices and standards.” (for the complete letter from NFLPA President JC Tretter, click here).

How did the New England Patriots fare on this year’s report card? Not well. The most positive grades went to Head Coach (who has since parted ways with the franchise), Food/Cafeteria, and Nutritionist/Dietitian. The franchise received failing grades for both Treatment of Families, and Weight Room.

Overall, New England did not fare better than fifteenth in any of the eleven categories. Thir complete report card (with NFL rank):

Food/Cafeteria: B-minus (15/32)

Nutritionist/Dietician: B-minus (20/32)

Head Coach: B-minus (27/32)

Training Room: C (22/32)

Locker Room: C-minus (20/32)

Strength Coaches: C-minus (31/32)

Ownership: D+ (27/32)

Team Travel: D (24/32)

Weight Room: F (32/32)

Treatment of Families: F-minus (30/32)

The categories were slightly different than the prior NFLPA survey. New England had previously received an “A” for Training Staff, while categories like Head Coach and Ownership are new. It appears that the on-field product isn’t the only area in which the New England Patriots will look to improve in 2024.

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