Their front seven is a mess, void of any real talent. Guy and Wise are decent, their linebackers are terrible.Houston murdered them with the blitz, but to me, it's more about talent than coaching. Coaching was throwing the kitchen sink at the problem and nothing worked consistently enough.
Where I blame coaching more is on defense; Belichick has no idea how to defend a mobile QB who can also throw from the pocket. Watson carving them up today was completely predictable; he's done it every time they've played. You'd never know he has one of the worst sack rates in the league or was missing two OL by how the Patriots pass rush looked. They didn't even keep contain. The front seven is just gross right now.
This roster has a ton of holes; linebacker, safety, defensive line, wide receiver, tight end and last but most importantly, quarterback.
Was the roster this bad when he took over in 2000; they were four years removed from a Super Bowl, but had missed the playoffs the prior year. I really can't recall, but regardless, they have their work cut out for them in the draft and also free agency.
There are now two teams ahead of them in the division in talent, never mind the conference.