Here’s a comparison of the New England Patriots from 2001 through their 2010 regular season.

**2001: Won Super Bowl**

QBs: Threw 482 times for 21 TD vs. 15 INT and 46 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Antowain Smith carried 287 times for a 4.0 YPC and 12 TD.

WRs: Troy Brown had 101 catches, David Patten had 51 catches, Terry Glenn and Charles Johnson had 14 catches.

TEs: Jermaine Wiggins had 14 catches and Rod Rutledge had 5 catches.

Defensively the team had 39 Sacks (6-7 from Bobby Hamilton, Anthony Pleasant, and Willie McGinest) along with 22 INT.

**2002: Missed Playoffs**

QBs: Threw 605 times for 28 TD vs. 14 INT and 31 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Antowain Smith carried 252 times for a 3.9 YPC and 6 TD.

WRs: Troy Brown had 97 catches, David Patten had 61, and Deion Branch had 43 catches.

TEs: Christian Fauria had 27 catches and Daniel Graham had 15 catches.

Defensively the team had 33 Sacks (4 players had 4.5 to 5.5) along with 18 INT.

**2003: Won Super Bowl**

QBs: Threw 537 times for 23 TD vs. 13 INT and 32 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Antowain Smith had 182 carries with a 3.5 YPC and 3 TD. Kevin Faulk had 178 carries for a 3.6 YPC and 0 TD.

WRs: Deion Branch had 57 catches, Troy Brown had 40 catches, and David Givens had 34 catches.

TEs: Daniel Graham had 38 catches and Christian Fauria had 28 catches.

Defensively the team had 41 Sacks (Mike Vrabel and Richard Seymour at 9.5 and 8) along with 29 INT (Ty Law and Tyrone Poole had 6 each).

**2004: Won Super Bowl**

QBs: Threw 485 times for 29 TD vs. 14 INT and 26 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Corey Dillon had 345 carries for a 4.7 YPC and 12 TD.

WRs: David Givens had 56 catches, David Patten had 44 catches, and Deion Branch had 35 catches.

TEs: Daniel Graham had 30 catches and Christian Fauria had 16 catches.

Defensively the team had 45 Sacks (Willie McGinest at 9.5, 3 others at 5.0-5.5) and 20 INT.

**2005: Lost Divisional Round**

QBs: Threw 564 times for 28 TD vs. 15 INT and 28 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Corey Dillon had 209 carries for a 3.5 YPC and 12 TD

WRs: Deion Branch had 78 catches, David Givens had 59 catches, and Troy Brown had 39 catches.

TEs: Ben Watson had 29 catches and Daniel Graham had 16 catches.

Defensively the team had 33 Sacks (Willie McGinest and Roosevelt Colvin had 6 and 7 Sacks) along with 10 INT.

**2006: Lost AFC Title Game**

QBs: Threw 527 times for 25 TD vs. 12 INT and 29 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Corey Dillon had 199 carries for a 4.1 YPC and 13 TD. Laurence Maroney had 175 carries for a 4.3 YPC and 6 TD.

WRs: Reche Caldwell had 61 catches, Troy Brown had 43 catches, and Doug Gabriel had 25 catches.

TEs: Ben Watson had 49 catches and Daniel Graham had 21 catches.

Defensively the team had 44 Sacks (Jarvis Green and Ty Warren had 7.5 and Roosevelt Colvin had 8.5) along with 22 INT.

**2007: Lost Super Bowl**

QBs: Threw 586 times for 50 TD vs. 9 INT with 21 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Laurence Maroney had 185 carries for a 4.5 YPC and 6 TD.

WRs: Wes Welker had 112 catches, Randy Moss had 98 catches, and Donte Stallworth had 46 catches.

TEs: Ben Watson had 36 catches and Kyle Brady had 9 catches.

Defensively the team had 46 Sacks (Mike Vrabel had 12.5. Adalius Thomas and Jarvis Green had 6.5 each) along with 19 INT.

**2008: Missed Playoffs**

QBs: Threw 534 times for 21 TD vs. 11 INT with 48 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Sammy Morris had 156 carries for a 4.7 YPC and 7 TD.

WRs: Wes Welker had 111 catches, Randy Moss had 69 catches, and Jabar Gaffney had 38 catches.

TEs: Ben Watson had 22 catches and David Thomas had 9 catches.

Defensively the team had 30 Sacks (Richard Seymour had 8) along with 14 INT.

**2009: Lost WildCard Game**

QBs: Threw 592 times for 28 TD vs. 13 INT with 18 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: Laurence Maroney had 194 carries for a 3.9 YPC and 9 TD.

WRs: Wes Welker had 123 catches, Randy Moss had 83 catches, and Julian Edelman had 37 catches.

TEs: Ben Watson had 29 catches and Chris Baker had 14 catches.

Defensively the team had 31 Sacks (Tully Banta-Cain had 10) along with 18 INT.

**2010: Lost Divisional Game**

QBs: Threw 507 times for 37 TD vs. 5 INT with 25 Sacks.

RBs/FBs: BenJarvus Green-Ellis carried 229 times for a 4.4 YPC and 13 TD.

WRs: Wes Welker had 86 catches, Deion Branch had 48 catches, and Brandon Tate had 24 catches.

TEs: Aaron Hernandez had 45 catches and Rob Gronkowski had 42 catches.

Defensively the team had 36 Sacks (Tully Banta-Cain had 5 and Mike Wright had 5.5) along with 25 INT (Devin McCourty had 7).

**Overall Thoughts**: The concept of the Patriots returning to their roots during the 2010 season wasn’t just coach speak or fan speak. Tom Brady threw the ball less, the Patriots relied on a RB to really carry the load for them in Green-Ellis, and the Patriots spread the ball around to a variety of receivers.

It seems that the next steps in returning to their roots completely are to obtain/groom a 3rd and maybe 4th receiver who can get 20-30 catches and improve the pass rush with a goal of topping 40 Sacks.