It hasn't yet been two weeks since the Patriots season ended, and everywhere you turn there's a pundit ready to list off all of New England's problems.
Tom Brady is in decline. The defense needs more attitude. And their wives are the most outspoken ones after losses, because Bill Belichick certainly isn't saying anything, even if CBS knew that ahead of time.
In reality, any time you win 12 games and host the AFC Championship you're certainly not very far off from being a Super Bowl winning team. Sometimes the bounces just don't go the right way, or sometimes you run into the one team that matches up perfectly with you.
Being the only team of 32 to win their last game is never easy, and there's plenty of things that need to go your way. Just a single play can change the course of a game and effectively end a season.
Despite all the problems the pundits can list for the Patriots, they'll remain in the hunt next fall.
Here's the simplest offseason version of how the Pats can fill their needs and improve on their weaknesses to get right back into the thick of a Lombardi chase.