With Super Bowl 52 officially it’s time to look ahead and see what may lie ahead for the New England Patriots already patriot defensive coordinator Matt Patricia has accepted a job as head coach of the Detroit Lions. In this article, we’ll examine three areas that the Patriots need to improve upon to achieve Super Bowl victory number six. ;
On offense running backs Rex Burkhead and Mike Gillislee saw limited participation. This left the bulk of the running to veterans Dion Lewis and, James White. Receiver Brandin Cooks had an OK season but did not earn Brady’s trust in key situations. One issue the Patriots face is the free agent status of Dion Lewis. Lewis was the Patriots best back in 2017. Lewis will take a lot of cash and a long_ term commitment to retain. Defensively
From start to finish this was the weakest area of the Patriots this season. After an opening 41-27 loss to the Chiefs, the Patriot defense was horrendous. The front seven allowed 164 yards on the ground, which is totally unacceptable. At one point in the season the, Patriots defense was ranked 29th overall in the NFL. Compared too previous Patriot defences look for Belichick needs to overhaul the defence.
Even though kicker Stephen Gostowski had a decent season he still botched a field goal and point after kick which in the end didn’t matter the Patriots may consider drafting a kicker or punter in the draft.
for the Patriots to have a very busy off-season Key free agents up for a new contract are Matthew Slater Nate Solder and Dion Lewis as the more notable players. Most important is the Patriots need to revamp their pass rush. Hopefully, linebacker Donta Hightower can return to his old form and help the defence get back to being one of the best in the NFL. . ,