Expectations are mixed regarding how New England Patriots will play in 2023.
Offensive and defensive units have improved, but New England also has the toughest schedule in the NFL. attack player mac jones You will need a year of recovery. And he’s just one of many personnel questions New England faces this season.
The good news is that the Patriots should have a revamped offense with coordinator Bill O’Brien at the helm. O’Brien’s experience and his ability to maximize strengths with his offensive system will be important to New England.
ESPN recently published their win-loss record ceilings and floors, and the Patriots were not evaluated favorably, coming in as the fifth-worst team in the standings. as noted by ESPN’s Mike Reiss. The Patriots have a 10-7 ceiling and a 5-12 floor.
This might be one of the best defenses in Bill Belichick’s 24 years as Patriots head coach. The unit finished 2022 as one of the best in the league losing just one player, as veteran safety and team captain Devin McCourty retired. The Patriots led the NFL in defensive retention and also used their first three draft picks on defenders who could fill immediate cornerback roles. christian gonzalezOn the defensive Keion White and linebacker/safety Mars Mapu.
No doubt there will be a lot of dependency on the defense over the course of the season. As Reiss points out, this unit has the potential to be one of the best units Belichick has ever coached.
It wouldn’t be a stretch to say, given the difficulty level of the schedule, how the defense plays will ultimately determine how the season as a whole plays out.