Patriots will again benefit from lack of AFC East coaching stability in 2019


The New England Patriots' schedule for 2019 isn't totally set, but as of Sunday, we now know all of their opponents for next season's slate.

The Pats again will play a first-place schedule after claiming their 10th consecutive AFC East crown, but the schedule is setting up nicely for them to win 11, 12 or 13 games.

One reason for that is the lack of competition in the AFC East. Yes, this subject has been debated quite often throughout the Patriots' dynasty, but we're not talking about the absence of elite quarterbacks in the division.

The coaching might be just as bad, if not worse. The New York Jets and Miami Dolphins fired their head coaches, Todd Bowles and Adam Gase, respectively, after Week 17. That means two new, likely inexperienced head coaches will take the reigns for two teams that make up a quarter of New England's schedule. 

The AFC East opponents aren't the only teams on the Patriots' 2019 schedule that will have first-year coaches.

This graphic shows the absurd amount of coaches the Patriots' division rivals have cycled through since Bill Belichick arrived in New England back in 2000.

Coaching is a major factor in the NFL, and Patriots fans probably have taken for granted (at least a little bit) how well their team has been coached for nearly two decades. When the Patriots likely win 10-plus games in 2019 for an NFL record 17th season in a row, their superior coaching -- specifically over AFC East opponents -- will be a huge reason why.

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