Cost-Effective Moves the Patriots Can Make This Offseason

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Cost-Effective Moves the Patriots Can Make This Offseason
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The Patriots' season ended too early. Instead of advancing to Super Bowl XLVII for a chance to take care of unfinished business, they fell to the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game.

After the game, in certain patches, there seemed to be a free-floating, ambiguous fatigue in the air. Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said this in his postgame address:

"Tonight, we just didn't do enough things well enough to win...They just made more plays than we did. That's pretty much the story."

It sounded similar to some of defensive tackle Vince Wilfork's comments in his postgame address:

"Tonight, we just didn't make enough plays. They made more plays than we made."

To hear these comments, you'd think the game was decided by one or two blunders or a small handful of missed opportunities. But it wasn't decided that way at all. The Patriots were dismantled and smashed in every possible way. As the game unfolded, many of New England's players looked dejected, disoriented and forlorn. They didn't even score in the second half. They lost by 15 points.

That's a long way away from not making enough plays.

Last season, the Patriots also played the Ravens in the AFC Championship Game. New England's former cornerback, Sterling Moore, stripped a potential game-winning touchdown from the Ravens. Then, Baltimore's former kicker, Billy Cundiff, missed a game-tying field goal. The Patriots won by three points. That's an example of a game that was actually decided by a few more plays being made by one team than the other.

But last Sunday's contest wasn't about a few plays, it was about everything. It was about the whole enchilada. The Ravens fractured the Patriots. Now, the Patriots (and their fans) have an entire offseason to put the pieces back together. 

Here are cost-effective moves the Patriots can make to rebound and return with a vengeance in 2013.

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