Well, the Patriots offseason has been interesting to say the least. From failing to re-sign one of the best defensive backs ever, to watching Tom Brady jump off of cliffs somewhere tropical while we are literally neck deep in snow, to seeing the $4 billion man, Bob Kraft, testifying in the Aaron Hernandez murder trial, I think everyone is ready to talk about some actual football.
The New England Patriots, the defending World Champions, have been virtually invisible since their Duckboat Parade a couple months ago. After making a quality signing in Jabaal Sheard, the Patriots have done all but nothing to improve their already thin defense. They declined the option of Vince Wilfork and, while they were reportedly in the running to re-sign him, let him go to Houston with JJ Watt and company. We all know the story of Revis, but the Patriots also lost out on Brandon Browner after deciding that he would not be able to compliment what they already have for cornerbacks. The Patriots have been in the mix for multiple players, but nothing has really made you look at your computer screen or iPhone and go, "Wow, thats a great signing for the Patriots."
With all that being said, it looks as if the Patriots philosophy for next season is to build through the draft. While risky, it could be a cheap and efficient way to fill multiple holes on the defensive side of the football. The Patriots will need to look to acquire a defensive tackle, depth at linebacker after the Hightower injury, and a cornerback or two. Sounds easy enough, right?
Fortunately for the Patriots, they have the greatest quarterback that the NFL has ever seen, which allows them to get away with a subpar defense. Although Touchdown Tommy is great, what happens if he gets hurt chasing his children around the beach or jumping off a cliff? Do you really want the Patriots to send out Jimmy G to try and defend their World Championship with an iffy defense? I don't.
I personally do not want to have to go back to the old Patriots before they had a quality secondary. While they win 12 or 13 games, get their first round bye and almost always make it to the AFC Conference Game, they never had that player that put them over the top. In the past couple of seasons, they had just that. Before Revis, they were able to acquire Aquib Talib for virtually nothing and he proved to be quite the pickup. The Patriots could make an in-season acquisition like that again, and it would not surprise me in the slightest.
They haven't made many moves yet, but I have a feeling we are in for a pleasant surprise at some point this season.
Have faith Patriots Nation.
In Bill We Trust,
Pete Packowski @Pete_BBS