5 Reasons Why Bill Belichick is Hurting New England Patriots’ Chances of Winning Super Bowl

5 Reasons Why Bill Belichick is Hurting New England Patriots' Chances of Winning Super Bowl

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As hard as it may be to fathom the idea of a three-time Super Bowl-winning head coach holding a team back from winning another Lombardi Trophy, that is the situation the New England Patriots currently face. Head coach Bill Belichick has made one too many arrogant decisions over recent years that have held the Patriots back. Here are five reasons why Belichick is hurting the Pats' chances of winning another Lombardi Trophy.

Arrogance

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Arrogance

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When you win three Super Bowls as a head coach, make five total Super Bowl appearances in 14 years with one team and win a division title 11 out of the 14 years with that team, it's hard to not be arrogant. Belichick is an arrogant coach, and for good reason -- just look at his success in New England. However, this arrogance has held the team back in recent seasons. Arrogant personnel decisions have held the team back.

Allowing Key Players To Walk

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Allowing Key Players To Walk

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In recent seasons, the Patriots have allowed star players to walk. Aqib Talib was the most recent one, but no star player the Patriots allowed to walk was a bigger mistake than Wes Welker. He was Tom Brady's favorite target for seven-consecutive seasons. In Welker's absence, along with a depleted receiving corps in 2013, Brady had his lowest quarterback rating in a single season since 2003.

Replacing Key Players With Short-Term Veteran Options

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Replacing Key Players With Short-Term Veteran Options

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Belichick has an attitude that any player is replaceable. This has led to the departures of Welker and Talib. Belichick has replaced those aforementioned players with the likes of Danny Amendola and Darrelle Revis. Although it remains to be seen how Revis performs with the Patriots, Amendola was a bust signing in 2013. He caught just 54 passes for 633 yards and two touchdowns while once again struggling through injuries.

2. The Inability To Improve The Defense

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The Inability To Improve The Defense

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The Patriots are the definition of a bend-but-don't-break defense. The Pats' defense ranked No. 10 in points per game in 2013, which remains consistent with their scoring defensive ranks over the last four years. However, in terms of total yards allowed per game, the Pats haven't ranked above No. 25 since 2009. Because the defense can never get off of the field in key situations, the offense is further hampered by this weakness.

1. Too Much Confidence In Tom Brady

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1. Too Much Confidence In Tom Brady

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Since Belichick began winning Lombardi Trophies in New England, the one player who he has remained loyal to is quarterback Tom Brady. The problem isn't sticking with Brady as the quarterback of the franchise; the problem is Belichick has placed too much confidence in Brady's abilities as a quarterback that he believes every other player not named Brady is replaceable in the cause to win a Super Bowl.


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