The New England Patriots finished better than 28 other teams in 2015, but now that their season is over, they are behind those same teams when it comes to the NFL offseason.
Now comes the difficult part of the season, when the Patriots must begin to evaluate their own roster and make difficult decisions on their own key players. They must also decide which positions need the biggest overhauls.
The Patriots showed a few weaknesses in 2015, and some of those weaknesses manifested themselves on Sunday in the 20-18 loss to the Denver Broncos in the AFC Championship Game, but it's important not to look at this team solely in the context of that game. The Patriots played 17 other games this season, and each of those games contributes a role in what this team must improve.