Why are the Patriots so Dominant?

  • Started By Dana Kurtz
  • Sidelines Senior Analyst
  • 3¬†years ago
Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

Tom Brady and Bill Belichick have been apart of what seems to be one of the most dominant teams in the history of the NFL. Since the two became a pair, the Patriots are averaging over 12 wins a game (12.15), making this 12-4 record a below average team. This team is a below average team though. Somehow, the Patriots have won 12 games, with zero standout receivers, Gronk missing all but 6 games, and a starting running back that can't hold on to the ball.

The Patriots are a team a lot of people love to hate, including myself. I will admit it's because they are so damn good though. And I think this year's Patriots team solidifies their spot as the best team that has ever existed. Better than the 85' Bears, the Don Shula led Dolphins, the Greatest Show on Turf, the Lombardi led Packers, you name it. Bill Belichick has some how put together a team of rag-tag players no one has ever heard of, and continued to beat teams with the arm of Tom Brady. They don't know how to lose.

In the 13 years with Belichick and Brady, the Pats have only lost their division twice. Once when Tom Brady was injured all year, and they still went 11-5. Bill Belichick is one of, if not the greatest coach ever, and has continued to put together teams that win. Belichick deserves a lot of the credit, no doubt, but so does Brady. Eventually these two guys have to leave, and that is likely sooner rather than later. Is that when the dominance stops? And how have the Patriots done what they've done for so long?

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

Sorry guys, this was supposed to go to NFL.

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

Screw it, will the Los Angeles Kings kings win the Stanely Cup again? and who do you guys think the most dominant NHL team is past and present?

The ability to draft at a high level, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and just the overall organizational stability of the Patriots is why they have been so successful

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

Haha wow...ignore me guys.

Eduardo Rodriguez
Eduardo Rodriguez
Analyst

The Patriots are one of those franchises that don't rebuild, they reload. Brady's obviously one of the greatest QB's of all-time, but to me this team wouldn't have had such success if it wasn't for Belichick. All the talent in the world means nothing if you don't have the right guy to run it.

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

Do you think Mallet is the next guy up when Brady retires? Or are they going to have to show him off a bit next season and trade him to draft their guy after Brady if Mallet doesn't want to sit that long?

Josh Mahoney
Josh Mahoney
Editor

@Eduardo Rodriguez hit the nail on the head. Brady is great and the Patriots wouldn't be as successful without him but really the key is Belichick. He sees talent where others don't and he makes square pieces fit in round holes. The man just knows how to work a roster and because of that he has been the most dominant during the free agent era. @Dana kurtz I think Mallet has the potential to be the next guy but he hasn't really shown it. When Brady is gone, Belichick will likely be right behind him so the next guy will probably be picked by whoever the Pats hire next.

Dan Moberger
Dan Moberger
Senior Analyst

The Patriots' drafting system of putting value to their picks, value to their potential players, and then matching up the two is a huge key. They rarely waste a pick because they decide whether a guy is worth that particular pick. If they can get the guy they want lower, for example, they'll trade the 25th overall for the 29th and pick up an extra pick or player. That ends up giving them a whole lot of 4th, 5th, 6th and 7th rounders that, once in a while, end up paying off big time - other times they turn out to be role players, but again, they maximize their picks with Belichick's system.

Aditya Trivedi
Aditya Trivedi
Senior Analyst

Tom Brady is the second coming of Jesus is really the only answer.

Alright all jokes aside this team is like the San Antonio Spurs. They might not always have the sexiest names but they always draft where players are needed. And they don't care if they're top caliber or middle of the pack. I mean Welker wasn't a household name by any means. But he knew his routes and with a threat like Brady in the system of Bellichik it was a no-brainer he'd be good.

It's not about the most talented players anymore. The Lions possibly had one of the most talented offenses ever but still couldn't jack squat cause the system was flawed. It's all about finding the right cogs to keep the engine moving and for the last decade the Patriots haven't strayed from that idea.

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

@Dan Moberger, Tom Brady was one of those late rounders that worked. Which is an understatement. Brady just makes the other guys on the field so much better. I think that's why he deserves so much credit for how good and how dominant the pats have been.

David G. Williams
David G. Williams
Columnist

I have to say that playing in a weak division has had a lot to do with it. With the exception of a few good years by the Jets, the Patriots haven't had much competition from within their division. That's not to say that the coaching and quarterbacking haven't been great, because they have. But with no team has benefited more from a mediocre division.

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

That's a very good point @David G. Williams. There hasn't been much competition within their division, but even when they play outside of their division, they still win nearly all the time. Let alone in the playoffs, where Tom Brady's record is freakin insane. Out of 24 playoff games, he's 17-7...(+.700). So yeah the division plays a part in it, but the Patriots have proven that doesn't matter by beating everyone else anyway.

scott whittum
scott whittum
Elite Columnist

The ability to draft at a high level, Tom Brady, Bill Belichick, and just the overall organizational stability of the Patriots is why they have been so successful. There are reasons why you see teams like the Lions, Buccaneers, Browns, and others always hiring coaches and its because they are terrible at the top of their organizations and they miss on coaching hires too often. In the fire coach nature of our society fans need to realize that it is not a good thing if you are constantly having to hire a coach every couple of seasons.

Dana Kurtz
Dana Kurtz
Senior Analyst

I actually give a lot of credit to the Lions organization for sticking with the same guy as long as they did. They let him turn the franchise around, but I think he was rightly fired after this season. You do need cohesion in the front office though. The Patriots are always going to be strong as long as Robert Craft and Belichick are there, so all that leaves is drafting well. Someone already mentioned it, but they don't rebuild, they reload. That's why they are so good. If a team can get to the point where they just have to reload, that team is poised for a dynasty, much like the Patriots.