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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. — The 3-5 New England Patriots are in the midst of an uncharacteristic losing season, with some pointing to subpar drafts in recent years as a primary reason for the slide, which led coach Bill Belichick to cite the organization’s overall success when questioned on the topic Friday.
“I’d say the most important thing to me is winning games. I’m not going to apologize for our record over the last 20 years. I’ve seen a lot worse,” Belichick said during his regularly scheduled videoconference.
The Patriots have won six Super Bowls in Belichick’s tenure, and their last losing season was in 2000, Belichick’s first year as coach.
But Belichick is overseeing a roster transformation in 2020, his first without quarterback Tom Brady on the roster, which has shined a spotlight on whether the team is getting enough out of its draft picks.
That ties in to something Belichick recently told SiriusXM NFL Radio — that salary-cap constraints have created a situation where the Patriots don’t have the same level of depth as they have had in some past years.
The Patriots host the Baltimore Ravens (6-2) on Sunday night (8:20 p.m.