Dear Patriot Nation, As a Patriot fan, I religiously regard the Patriot coaching and management staff as THE BEST in the NFL. But sometimes it takes a convincing loss to a nemesis whose had our number since John Elway was outdueling Tony Eason to realize that all is not rosy in Patriot Land.... For us Patriot faithful, such thoughts would be blasphemy. But the signs are telling: 1. The 4-3 defense looks more intimidating than the 3-4. Let's face it...our linebackers really didn't put on a good pass rush...Ty Warren alone had a better pash rush by himself. Our linebackers are smart but aging. They make plays because they know how to shed blockers. But if they didn't, they don't have to speed to compensate ala like Denver. Let's take advantage of our youth up front and put some real pressure on QB's... 2. Eugene Wilson already has declining skills His angles to the tackler are getting worse...he's making too many players look good on SportsCenter. 3. Asante Samuel is a nickel cornerback at best. It's flipping a coin seeing him play. Let's flip the coin with him only on 3rd and long... 4. Charlie Weis "no huddle" spread-offense is better suited for this team. Brady can be MUCH more effective with this offense early in the game. Let's get ahead early and then try to work on clock control. I understand BB's love for TE's...but do you really think Ben Watson is going to open up our running game...really?!? 5. Corey Dillon seems to be aging WAY to quickly. He has too much heart not to be in such an important game for us unless he was really hurt. But did anyone actually see the play where he got hurt? Hmm.... 6. Maroney is not a power runner. When Corey went down, Belichik placed Maroney in power running plays that Corey would have run. It was a disaster. Especially on that 4th and 1 play where Maroney was looking for daylight instead of 1 yard. That's not Maroney's strength. (Maroney could benefit from the no huddle spread with draw plays and more space to create plays.) 7. We are $11 MILLION DOLLARS UNDER THE SALARY CAP We get what we spend.....if you don't believe me ask Deion. I had to adjust my previous prediction of a 12-4 season to a 10-6 team at best. It seems that the window of our championship run is closing....and much quicker than we might believe... Patriot Faithful, forgive me...:snob: Oh I forgot to mention....we have to regard Mike Shanahan as much as an elite chess football strategist as Belichik. And it is as simple as that.