As if there was any doubt, Tom Brady will be a force to be reckoned with in 2012.
In 2011, the two-time NFL Most Valuable Player surpassed Dan Marino's single-season passing record with 5,235 yards. However, so did New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, whose 5,476 yards earned him the new record.
Numbers aside, the Patriots lost to the New York Giants in Super Bowl XLVI. A second Super Bowl loss in four years for Tom Brady may have put chip on his shoulder, figuratively speaking.
The question is: can the three-time world champion ever win another?
The Patriots organization has done everything in their power to make that dream a reality.
The acquisitions of wideouts like Brandon Lloyd, Jabar Gaffney and several others will pay dividends towards the success of Brady and the Patriots.
Along with incumbents, including tight ends Rob Gronkowski, Aaron Hernandez and receiver Wes Welker, No. 12 will have a multitude of toys to play with next season.
Without question, Belichick trusts Brady's decision making and is willing to let his gunslinger take control of the offense.
"Some of the things that [Brady] sees, that he can do, are exceptional," Belichick told ESPN's Sunday NFL Countdown prior February's Super Bowl.
"That gives you the ability as a coach to be more creative. He can recognize things. he can anticipate things, manage the clock, manage personnel, down and distance, formations.
"There are a lot of moving parts going on at the same time, but he's able to sort them all out, put them together and do the right thing for the team."
The culmination of all these factors point to coach Belichick to get the most out of his quarterback once again in 2012.