It has been some time.
The New England Patriots have been one of many NFL’s mannequin franchises within the 21st century, a minimum of so far as profitable is worried. For mainly twenty years, Invoice Belichick and Tom Brady laid waste to the AFC East, the AFC usually and usually to whoever they met within the Tremendous Bowl.
That duo claimed six Tremendous Bowl rings collectively, however they are not collectively anymore in 2020. New England already was eradicated from the playoffs in Week 15, and a loss on Monday evening in Week 16 would assure a dropping season for the Pats, too.
Here is a fast look again on the final time each of these issues occurred.
Final time Patriots missed the playoffs
New England made the playoffs following each season from 2009-2019, a streak of 11 years. The Pats final missed the postseason following the 2008 season regardless of an 11-5 file, making them simply the second crew within the fashionable period to overlook the playoffs with an 11-5 file.
That yr, Brady suffered a season-ending knee harm in Week 1, so New England relied on Matt Cassel at quarterback. That huge loss did not cease the Patriots from profitable their last 4 video games to attempt to make the postseason. New England misplaced a divisional tiebreaker to the Dolphins and a wild card tiebreaker to the Ravens.
The Patriots missed the playoffs two different instances since 2000, each in 2002 (9-7 file) and 2000 (5-11 file).
Final Patriots dropping season
The Patriots have not had a dropping file since 2000, after they went 5-11. Yearly from 2001 to 2019, New England completed above .500.
What do 2000 and 2020 have in widespread? The Patriots did not hand a single begin to Brady. Drew Bledsoe was the New England starter in all 16 video games in 2000, whereas Brady performed one recreation off the bench in his rookie season and accomplished 1-of-Three passes.
Bledsoe wasn’t horrible in that 2000 season, however the Patriots did not have a working recreation to talk of. Kevin Faulk ran for a team-high 570 yards.
Notable names on the Patriots’ employees in that 2000 dropping season had been Charlie Weis (offensive coordinator), Brian Daboll (defensive assistant), Eric Mangini (defensive backs coach) and Rob Ryan (linebackers coach).