We could talk about how Tom Brady isn't getting any younger and Bill Belichick may be wearing out his welcome in New England, but there are certain priorities for this team that put those concerns on the back burner. Considering that losing in the AFC Championship game was not on their agenda this past year, working on the things that will ensure a different outcome will be job one.
And we all have our ideas as to what changes need to be made, but let's not make the mistake of presuming on hasty decisions out of frustration over this ill-fated season.
There were good things to take away from the team's overall performance, and showing some appreciation for the successes, however small, will go a long way in tempering any rash outbursts.
But changes must come, and these are my picks for the most pressing situations.