- Mike Reiss, ESPN New England Patriots reporter
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Another offseason day, another ranking to digest.
This time, it's Adam Schein's annual organizational rankings on Foxsports.com, where the Patriots have ranked first the last two years. This year, the franchise slides to the No. 4 spot.
"The Patriots, no surprise, totaled a perfect 30 points in the categories of owner, head coach and quarterback," Schein writes. "Bill Belichick was the only head coach to get a 10. Defections through the years in the front office and the coaching staff prevented total perfection and contributed to the fall from the top spot they held in 2009 and 2010."
The Packers (1), Saints (2) and Steelers (3) leapfrogged the Patriots.
Schein explains how he totals points, noting it isn't a power ranking. Each team is graded on six categories -- owner, quarterback, head coach, front office, coaching staff and intangibles, which include facilities, fan support and public relations.
Schein's grading on the Patriots looks like this:
Front office: 8
Coaching staff: 8
Another offseason day, another ranking to digest.This time, it's Adam Schein's annual organizational rankings on Foxsports.com, where the Patriots have ranked first the last two years.