Re: 2006-2012: Over that span, no team drafted more combined Pro Bowl and All-Pro players than the Patriots
posted at 5/10/2013 12:13 PM EDT
BB has cyclically rebuilt this team. You can go through his history of team construction and pretty much see which units he has focused on rebuilding, and when:
D-line - overhauled 2001-2004 (Seymour, Green, Warren, Wilfork, Hill) and 2010-2012 (Deaderick, Cunningham, Jones, Bequette; I expect the next year or 2 will see him focus here more)
TEs - overhauled 2002-2004 (Fauria, Graham, Watson) and again 2010 (Gronk, Hernandez)
DBs - overhauled 2003-2005 (Harrison, Wilson, Samuel, Hobbs), 2010-2013 (McCourty, Dennard, Talib, T. Wilson)
RBs - overhauled 2005-2007 (S.Morris, Evan, Maroney) and again 2010-2011 (Woodhead, Ridley, Vereen)
WRs - overhauled in FA in 2007 (Welker, Moss, Stallworth), again 2013 (Amendola, Dobson, Boyce, Jones)
LBs - overhauled 2008-2012 (Mayo, Nink, Spikes, Hightower)
The offensive line is really the only unit that has seen a pretty consistent, slow turnover, without any mass infusion of talent at any one time. And of course, QB has been pretty ok for the past decade plus.
The result has been the best regular season record since 2000, the best post-season record since 2000, the most Super Bowl appearances and Super Bowl victories since 2000, and a competitive YOUNG team in 2013 that is well positioned to continue this stretch of excellence into the future. All this despite consistently having the worst draft position in the NFL due to their lofty record.
I'm pretty ok with the team "crumbling under the weight of the fodder of his wasted high draft choices, over the years" if this is the result.