I know diddly about the draft. I know sports, and I do fantasy, so I basically know offensive players.
A quick look at the 5th year shows Garopolo in the 2nd round, James White in the 4th -2 pretty decent players. Also, 2 yrs ago was the penalty yr, and NE had no picks until round 3; 3 yrs ago their 1st pick was in the 2nd round.
To your point, was Randy Moss a bum that BB the coach turned into a stud, or was he a player that BB the GM recognized as a player who still had the tools but just needed a change of scenery and a better QB?
Also, BB has no emotional attachments whatsoever to his players, and as a GM will cut loose anyone he deems not worth the money. BB tried to trade Gronk (which would’ve been perfect timing) this past offseason, but Gronk said he would retire. Most coaches would be telling their GM that Gronk is my guy, he needs to be paid etc. etc…
Finally, I think BB’s ex-coaches get their hubris from BB himself. The Pats should’ve supplanted Miami with a perfect season. Miracle Catch aside, Patriots should’ve never, ever, lost to (my) Giants in that SB. And Philly last year, outcoached again.