Bill may not be done retooling the WR position. Keep your optimism But think about it and look at the transition from what the team had a year ago.
Welker -> Welker
Branch -> Lloyd (Big upgrade)
Ochocinco -> Edelman (Edelman hasn't shown much but 2012 could be his opportunity, he still is young with potential and knows the offense more than him)
- More spread formations with Hernandez in 3WR and 4WR with Edelman
- The year Edelman gets finally gets a role in the offense (other than 2009)?
- More power formations, so a return to a balanced offense? (3TE maybe 4TE for more use of the run game)
- Expect lots of double coverage on Wes/Rob and lots of Lloyd/Hernandez early in the season
- Prepare for a lot of McDaniels screens to Vereen/Woodhead and the WRs/TEs
- Possible Gaffney return later in the season when healthy? (Gaffney can be backup X receiver and Edelman can still be Welker backup)
- Most importantly, an upgrade in the X receiver and downfield receiving
- Consider Gronk and Hernandez as WRs too (like a Plaxico Burress and a bigger/faster Wes Welker respectively)
- Still the most versatile receiving corps in the NFL (you got a intermediate-long ball receiver, the best/slot possession receiver, a legitimate red zone threat and a versatile wild-card matchup nightmare)
- Teams that succeeded and will use man coverage against the Pats (ex: Jets in 2010, Ravens/Steelers in 2011) will struggle against the Patriots
- Expect an even more efficient, versatile and balanced offense in 2012
And last but not least a Superbowl trophy!