– Bleacher Report has their take on the top three things the New England Patriots need to do with their defense this offseason. This primarily focuses on the defensive line, which due to injuries was severely undermanned as the season progressed. Towards the end of the year, the defense couldn’t generate a pass rush and could not stop the run. Not exactly a formula for success.
– For an agent’s take on the Patriots offseason, head here. The salary cap situation for the Patriots and some of their key player’s is outlined, along with the status of some of their key free agents. Many hard decisions are going to have to be made this year with some fan favorites, which is par for the course for the Patriots.
– The Browns have ended their coaching search by hiring Mike Pettine away from the Bills. This ends any and all speculation that Patriots offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels would be leaving the team anytime soon. Given the recent defections and retirements on the Patriots coaching staff, this is great news. I would still look to see McDaniels hired away next offseason, though it would take a perfect situation for the young coaches second head coaching opportunity.
– It will be interesting to see how the coaching staff is filled out this offseason. It has been some time since the Patriots had this much turnover in their coaching staff in one offseason.
– The NFL has declared that Wes Welkers hit on corner Aqib Talib was legal. I don’t think Welker was trying to injure Talib, but to say that the play was legal is laughably bad and incompetent in this writer’s opinion. Apparently I am not alone!
– Former Patriots executive Scott Pioli has been named the assistant GM of the Atlanta Falcons, whose GM Thomas Dimitroff…is a former Patriots executive. As one could imagine, they have stories about Bill Belichick and the Patriots.