New England Patriots Football 2009: The 50th Season

March 28, 2011   ·     ·   Jump to comments

To say the Patriots 50th season in existence was one of change is a vast understatement. A change of the guard began in Foxboro in the front office and on the field. Many important pieces of the Patriots Dynasty were retiring or leaving town.
Vice President of Player Personnel and Bill Belichick’s right hand man, Scott Pioli left New England to become GM of the Kansas City Chiefs.  Offensive Coordinator, Josh McDaniels was courted and then hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos.  Just as it happened in 2004 with Romeo Crennel and Charlie Weiss, success spawns interest for Belichick’s supporting cast.
There were also major changes on the field. The Patriots had turnover on the defensive side of the ball which would impact the leadership on the team going forward. Stalwart defenders such as linebacker Tedy Bruschi and safety Rodney Harrison hung up their cleats. Other veterans such as Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour (send to Oakland for a first-round pi...

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