Patriots Release 2 Bill Belichick Favorites From 2023 Defense

The New England Patriots cut ties with head coach Bill Belichick and decided to adjust the defense as well. Belichick was able to build a strong defense, but it seems like Jerod Mayo has a different perspective.

Defensive tackle Lawrence Guy and safety Adrian Phillips are no longer part of the Patriots defense, per NFL Network’s Tom Pelissero.

Mayo believes that his defense would look much better without both veterans. He has no concerns about the look of the defensive line in 2024 and neither does defensive coordinator DeMarcus Covington.

The Patriots have enough cap space to fill in their roster holes and these $6 million will definitely elevate their game.

Guy had a key role on Belichick’s defense and he really appreciates the time he spent in New England. He was part of a successful team for many years. He helped the Patriots beat the Los Angeles Rams in 2019. Now is the perfect time to move on.

“Thank you New England you welcomed my family and I for the past seven years and always made us feel at home, the community we build the people we met and the communities we impacted thank you for always welcoming us with open arms,” Guy wrote on X. “I’m excited to see where this journey takes me.”

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Belichick had great praise for Phillips. According to him, the safety was pretty similar to Patrick Chung. Things didn’t look too good for him though. In 2023, Phillips started just one game and allowed a 100 percent completion rate.

The Patriots signed defensive back Jabrill Peppers in 2022. He will stay on the Patriots secondary in 2024. Mayo may decide to give him a bigger role on the field.

Mayo has great plans for his team and this is the start of a new era for the Patriots organization. Let’s see how things turn out at the end.