Much of the Patriots’ journey to their fifth Super Bowl appearance in 11 seasons was played under clouds of doubt. Their failure to capture a long-sought fourth Lombardi Trophy—and in heartbreaking fashion, at that—only exacerbates the need to fix those shortcomings.
Yes, New England will still have head coach Bill Belichick, quarterback Tom Brady, slot receiver Wes Welker and the two-headed tight end monster of Rob Gronkowski and Aaron Hernandez when the 2012 season kicks off. But a much more total team effort is needed if the Patriots want to capture their first Super Bowl championship since 2005.
And with both Belichick’s and Brady’s windows closing fast, now is the time to do so.
Where does New England need to improve the most? And how can the Pats best utilize their picks in the 2012 NFL Draft to make those improvements?