Bill Belichick Gets Scathing Report From Players on Final Pats Season

New England Patriots players criticized former head coach Bill Belichick in the team's NFLPA report.
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts
Sep 10, 2023; Foxborough, Massachusetts, USA; New England Patriots head coach Bill Belichick reacts / Eric Canha-USA TODAY Sports

It's become increasingly clear the New England Patriots are trying to avoid repeating the mistakes of Bill Belichick's final days as head coach. This week at the combine, de facto GM Eliot Wolf revealed major changes to how the Pats operate, which seems like an obvious attempt to distance the team from Belichick's old ways.

The team's decision-makers aren't the only ones that saw flaws in the legendary head coach, however. Belichick's own players didn't hold back on their criticism of him in New England's NFLPA report card.

Belichick was given a B- grade from his roster, which placed just No. 27 overall across the league. Meanwhile, only 55% of players thought he was "efficient with their time," ranking him next-dead last.

Even worse, members of the Patriots "feel" that Belichick "was rarely willing to listen to the locker room" during the 2023 season.

This damning information just shows how much Belichick had lost his edge at the end of his New England tenure. He was frustratingly set in his ways, so it's no surprise to hear he wasn't very receptive to feedback.

Given how much Belichick's leadership faltered, the Patriots were wise to move on this offseason. It was clear this team lacked much of a spark since Tom Brady's departure, and continuing to drown instead of changing something up would've put this struggling squad in an even deeper hole.

With Wolf bringing new ways of evaluating talent and a goal to get away from Belichick's strict culture, New England now has a chance to finally find its modern identity. That starts, however, with making sure players are actually happy to play for the coach in charge.

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