The patriots have fired dave deguglielmo & harold nash as scapegoats for failure in afc championship game
Just a few days after their stunning loss to the Denver Broncos, the Patriots have fired offensive line coach Dave Deguglielmo and strength and conditioning coach Harold Nash. This is interesting because the Patriots' secondary was a dumpster fire for several years and I don't recall them "parting ways" with any coaches on the defensive side of the ball. It seems like the Patriots have found a couple scapegoats for their poor performance in Denver on Sunday, but is that really why they lost?
Sure, the offensive line played like garbage so Deguglielmo being let go isn't that ridiculous. However, the personnel on the offensive line is Belichick's decision. Belichick is the one that gave a new contract to Marcus Cannon, whom was heavily relied on after the season-ending injury to Nate Solder. Is that Deguglielmo's fault that he had poor talent to coach? There must be something more to this firing. Possibly a disconnect between Deguglielmo and Belichick that came to a head after the loss in the AFC Championship. The firing of Harold Nash is also a head-scratcher to me. Is it his fault that Rob Gronkowski had cramps during the game?
I think the blame for the loss lies squarely on Belichick's shoulders. I'm not saying he is a bad coach, he is the best coach of all time. I just had a major issue with Belichick's handling of the end of the regular season. He treated it as if it didn't matter where the Patriots played in the playoffs, they would simply waltz into any stadium and win. That was clearly a miscalculation by Belichick and the inexplicable game-plan against the Dolphins cost them home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. All they had to do was win that game against a Dolphins team that was ready to go home and call it a season and they came out and ran the ball. When do the Patriots run the ball? They are a passing team that here and there hands the ball off to grab 4 or 5 yards. I still don't understand what they were trying to accomplish in that Dolphins game and why winning the game didn't seem like a priority. Belichick's decisions down the stretch of the regular season cost the Patriots a chance at a Super Bowl and also the jobs of two coaches.
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