3. Bill Belichick
You can’t attribute success to the Patriots without mentioning Belichick. He continues to prove himself capable of plugging in players off the street while helping the Patriots remain a winning team. He is also hungry for a fourth Super Bowl ring, so the Patriots will feel that and do everything they can to wrap up home-field advantage in the AFC. This will be essential with the Peyton Manning-led Broncos still being a Super Bowl frontrunner.
2. Tom Brady
Brady is a winner. There is no arguing against a .775 career winning percentage, and he was still able to make do with his supporting cast despite losing Wes Welker, Brandon Lloyd, Aaron Hernandez and Rob Gronkowski for most of the season. Danny Woodhead also departed after being one of Brady’s top five receivers. Although the Patriots did not upgrade at wide receiver aside from signing Brandon LaFell, the return of Gronkowski and chemistry with his receivers will help Brady have another great season. Like Belichick, Brady is hungry for another Super Bowl run before retirement.