Another firing in AFC East shines light on Patriots' dominance under Bill Belichick

Devon Clements

FOXBOROUGH, MASS. - On Wednesday, the New York Jets fired general manager Mike Maccagnan and made head coach Adam Gase the interim GM, according to the team. 

Once again, a team in the AFC East not named the Patriots has given up on a general manager or head coach. 

This isn't just an opportunity to look at how distraught the relationship was between Maccagnan and Gase, specifically with how the team spent its money in the offseason. Instead, it's a chance to discuss how stable New England's foundation has been over the past two decades. 

Since Bill Belichick became the head coach of the Patriots in 2000, the rest of the AFC East (Dolphins, Jets, Bills) has gone through 19 general managers and 26 head coaches, per Evan Lazar of CLNS Media. 

The high amount of turnover amongst those three franchises has been one of the reasons the Patriots have been able to dominate the division for so long. Belichick has been able to have a clear vision in his locker room and has been able to draft and acquire quality players alongside Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio since the beginning of the century. 

Despite having talent in a locker room, how an NFL team succeeds on and off the field heavily depends on how the GM and head coach work together in harmony. Apparently, watching the Patriots do it for the past 19 years hasn't been enough for the ownership of Miami, Buffalo, and New York to learn from.