Whether fans in Boston want to admit it or not, something has gone horribly wrong in New England. Suddenly, the Patriots have lost two straight games, leading to columns announcing the fall of Rome in Foxborough.
This isn't supposed to happen to Bill Belichick. He's the mad scientist. He's a winner. With Hall of Fame quarterback and reigning MVP Tom Brady in place, the Patriots are never really out of Super Bowl contention, right?
Take a look at what happened in Indianapolis. Even with a healthy Peyton Manning this season the Colts would be looking up at the Houston Texans and probably even the Tennessee Titans. The Colts failed to build a team around Manning, instead relying on the aging arm of a legend to save the franchise. The Colts made this mistake, the Patriots cannot.
With six selections in the first four rounds of the 2012 NFL draft, Belichick and the Patriots must identify players who can help now. The old trend of trading draft picks for more picks in the future hasn't paid off. It's time to invest in the here and now.
How do the Patriots fix their problems? By nailing down talent with their 2012 draft picks.