The skill level is there, the diversity is there and the attitude is there. The New England Patriots look ready to rock and roll. Welcome to the calm before the storm.
Now that the free agency frenzy has quelled and the draft has concluded, how do you feel about the team? On a scale from one to five, how would you rate your confidence in the Patriots getting back to the Super Bowl in 2012?
I'm not overconfident, but I'm reasonably certain that the weapons are in place for a balanced attack. Obviously, you can't predict chemistry and injuries, so there's a margin of error on the books. But overall, this roster is a monster. On the one to five scale, I'm sticking at four.
We all know this is a team game, and no franchise embodies this philosophy more than the Patriots. But even still, there are a few key guys to keep your eyes on. These are the men who will make all the difference.
Here are the players most responsible for New England's success or failure in 2012.