Van Noy explains how Pats will overcome roster losses
New season. New team.
No NFL team is exactly the same one year to another. Players depart in free agency, retire, are released, move on. New blood has been added to the mixture. Even if some crucial pieces stay, NFL teams are shapeshifters, always changing one year into another.
For no franchise is that more evident than the New England Patriots. The Dynasty of Dynasties, Bill Belichick’s team has been through overhauls previously and continues to dominate the AFC East and the NFL.
The 2019 variant of the Pats must overcome some huge losses. The list of departures of both coaches and players is long:
Remarkable Patriots Losses 2019 Offseason:
TE Rob Gronkowski
WR Chris Hogan
WR Cordarrelle Patterson
TE Dwayne Allen
T Trent Brown
T LaAdrian Waddle
T Jared Veldheer
DE Trey Flowers
DT Malcolm Brown
DE Adrian Clayborn
CB Eric Rowe
Defensive coordinator Brian Flores
Defensive line coach Brendan Daly
Cornerbacks coach Josh Boyer
Joining NFL Network’s Total Access this week, Patriots linebacker Kyle Van Noy told New England celebrity Willie McGinnest which the key to replacing all of the losses has become the culture Belichick has instilled from the veterans still using the program.
“Bill does a excellent job of the culture being put with all the gamers which have been there for their tenures,” Van Noy said. “Like Patrick Chung, Dont’a Hightower, Devin McCourty, Tom (Brady), they’ve been there for a while, Matthew Slater. Those guys have already been passed on out of your creation, the norm. And we’re only trying to keep that legacy going.
“When that culture is put, it doesn’t matter, we all have the exact same aim in mind and that’s just to win”
The Pats have conquer on-field attrition in the past. Losing Gronk is massive, but the assumption is provided that Brady is throwing passes, the Patriots will be OK. The larger question comes with coaching attrition that we have observed from New England the last few seasons, especially on the defensive side of the ball.
Without a defensive coordinator, Belichick is expected to take a heavier role than normal from the every-day activity and play-calling this year. Van Noy welcomes the opportunity to be pushed by the best coach in NFL history.
“I believe for me, anytime you get to understand from one of the best ever to do it — to me, he’s the best — to learn from him each and every day, to have this mindset in your meetings all of the time, getting you advice and things that you normally do not see, you receive in his mind just a bit, it is the best,” Van Noy said.
Maybe the dynasty will finish 1 day. No one expects it to crash in 2019, even with this year’s attrition.
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