The Patriots packed up their belongings yesterday and headed out, some (many?) of them likely for the last time as members of the franchise.
Mike Reiss says that there is a lengthy to-do list on tap for this offseason. Albert R. Breer says that there will be plenty of pieces needed this offseason, and wonders if they can put it all together. He lists a number of questions that need to be answered. Karen Guregian says that there won’t be a quick fix to the Patriots issues, but she thinks she knows where to start. Jennifer Toland has the Patriots clearly out quickly following the sudden end to their season. Hector Longo tells us what he thinks the team should do going forward, and says that it is fish or cut bait time with Jerod Mayo, who clearly must’ve stolen Hector’s sandwich at some point this season. Shalise Manza Young says that the leadership void was a huge problem this season.
Bob Ryan compares the Sunday postgame Bill Belichick with the Monday Bill Belichick. Gerry Callahan no longer trusts Belichick. Glen Farley says that the Patriots are entering a whole new era. Mark Farinella has Patriot players expecting plenty of changes for next season. Bill Reynolds says that Sunday’s debacle did permanent damage to Patriots mystique. Did it even exist still?
Steve Buckley says that there is a big mess to clean up in the locker room, and new leadership is needed. Brian MacPherson says that this season’s rookie class showed some promise. Ian R. Rapoport says that the offensive line might see some changes next season. He also has Belichick saying he likes a coordinated effort on his coaching staff. Young says that Belichick wants assistants who question his decisions at times. Dan Duggan has Stephen Gostkowski hoping to return next season.