Are the Patriots in a transition phase or a rebuilding phase? According to Andy Gresh on today's Tanguay and Zolak show on 98.5 the Sports hub, a football team that is rebuilding tends to have a record of 7-9 or 6 -10. The Patriots are still in the playoffs and just won the AFC East. I believe they are in a transition phase, because of there defense. With the personnel decisions the Pats made starting with trading Mike Vrabel and then trading Richard Seymour the writing was on the wall that the defense was starting over. I don't think there is anything wrong with the word transition. I just wish they decided to change the defense starting in 2006 and did a gradual change. After the AFC Championship game in 2006 the Pats seemed to change the focus of the team heavily to there offense. With bringing in Randy Moss the mentality of the team was changing. The focus was on outscoring the opponent rather than stopping the opponent. Russyracuse fulhampatsfan.blogspot.com Offense can win many games, but I believe defense wins championships. The 3 Superbowl trophies I think were won more on defense. The reason they lost in the 2007 was on defense. The Pats are transitioning to upgrade the defense. They will not win another Super Bowl until the defense is upgraded. They have started the process and it is called the transition phase.