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Patriots Daily: PFF Gives New England Offseason a ‘B-Minus’



New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft, left, and newly-named Patriots head coach Jerod Mayo face reporters Wednesday, Jan. 17, 2024, during an NFL football news conference, in Foxborough, Mass. Mayo succeeds Bill Belichick as the franchise's 15th head coach. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Pro Football Focus analyst Trevor Sikkema graded the offseasons of all 32 NFL franchises. The grades ranged from an A-plus (Detroit Lions) to a C-minus (Atlanta Falcons). The New England Patriots landed somewhere in the middle. Sikkema gave New England a B-minus for their offseason moves. He noted moving on from Bill Belichick and drafting Drake Maye as both being “the right move.”

On The PFF NFL Podcast with Steve & Sam, Sikkema’s PFF co-workers Steve Palazzolo and Sam Monson broke down his grades for each team. After initially stating that “the biggest move of the offseason is getting their QB of the future in Drake Maye,” they corrected themselves.

“Of course, the single biggest move they made this offseason is Bill Belichick,” Monson said. “That’s a pretty significant thing. They have essentially said goodbye to the greatest coach of all time.”

Monson was less confident than Sikkema that it was the right decision for New England. “Whether it’s correct, I don’t know.”

Roster Decisions

From a player personnel standpoint, Palazzolo stated, “The biggest thing about the offseason was (Drake) Maye. And a lot of the other moves was keeping the talent in house.” The team-friendly contract signed by Josh Uche and the re-signing of Mike Onwenu were both praised. But there were clearly concerns with how the roster is structured as well.

“A lot of this team that was one of the worst offenses in the NFL last year, a lot of that team is back,” Palazzolo stated. He then added, “But if they’re healthy, at least they have a foundation to build upon.”

Finally, the hosts said the New England Patriots offseason will boil down to how two things pan out: First, how will the restructuring of the Patriots organization (coaches and front office) work out? Second, how will Drake Maye and New England’s 2024 NFL Draft class perform?

What are the answers to those questions? Stay tuned.

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Football Fun Fact of the Day

Jerod Mayo will serve as the New England Patriots new head coach in 2024. The most wins for a head coach in his first full season with the Patriots belongs to Raymond Berry. He led New England to an 11-5 regular season record in 1985. The Patriots also won their first AFC Championship that year, before falling to the Chicago Bears in Super Bowl XX.

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The NHL showing New England Patriots rookies Ja’Lynn Polk and Drake Maye loving some Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Playoff action earlier this week:

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