Doing 3-4 roster updates regarding the Patriots between seasons has become somewhat of a ritual for me. And, because it has, I feel that I need to take some time to thank some people because without them, I wouldnāt have learned half the stuff I know about things such as the Salary Cap, Franchising and Needs analysis. First and foremost, I have to thank Ian. Ian, without you, none of this would be possible. You have, by far, the best run Patriots fan website out there. I said it before and Iāll say it again, The Krafts bringing legal action against you instead of hiring you as their website developer is one of the few business mistakes that they have made. Next, I have to thank Miguel. Without Miguelās diligent work for his site Patscap.com over the past decade, Iād been a kindergartner in terms of understanding the salary cap. Miguel, you do amazing work and without your work, most of us wouldnāt know what the hell the franchise tag was, let alone be able to forecast things like comp picks and salaries. Thank you. Iād like to also say thanks to Pats1, JoeSixPack, AndyJohnson (you need to post more man), Box_O_Rocks (glad you came back),Rob0729 PatsFanKen, and MoLewisRocks, TheKraftyOne, and TankedasUsual because you all keep it real and very rarely let me get away with spouting BS Iād also like to thank OchmedJones for his insights on draftees. Oh, Iād also like to thanks Briz and the Trolls for they entertainment value. I am going to do Off-season 2009 and Off-season 2010 a bit differently because of the enormous number of free agents that will be on the market. There will be 4 sections to my review. Free Agency, Offense, Defense, Special Teams. If youād told me at the start of the 2008 season the Patriots would end up putting 15 players on the IR, 8 of them being starters or primary reserves, Iād have called you NUTS. If someone had told me that the Patriots would still put up an 11-5 season with 15 people on the IR, Iād have said you were smoking some of the Rickyās old stash. Well, itās a good thing no one said that, cause Iād be eating crow right now. There are some big questions heading into this off-season. The Patriots have 18 players who are UFAs and 3 RFA and could be looking at having to replace their OC (Josh McDaniels) and possibly the man who has as much to do with the Patriots run of success as Bill Belichick in Scott Pioli.