Alright, let's all take a step back from the ledge. The fact of the matter is the team just caved today. Plain and simple- they didn't want it. They clearly didn't prepare, and the herculean effort I expected out of the coaching staff simply didn't happen. There are many areas that need improvement (especially offensively), but there are a lot of positives to draw out of this season. The defense is going to become something special in the near future. The pieces are in place. Pees actually showed me quite a bit towards the end of the season. They need to resign Bodden and extend 75. They gotta go out there and get themselves an edge player as well. I think that too much emphasis is placed on drafting one, and feel that it's too late for that. There is immediate need, and this can only be adressed through FA. I think that they need to secure the immediate help at that position, and they need to adress it in the long term. I also think that they need a veteran leader to join this defense. They need a heart and soul. It's never a good thing when your leaders are on offense. Offense, in short, is a clusterf*ck. Edelman is going to be a good player, that's for certain. Welker will come back eventually, but I strongly doubt he will ever be the same player he once was. I don't mean to be a downer, but consider his game and what that kind of injury does to someone like that. There's no split end on the team. They have no tight ends. They have a coordinator who has the same mental prowess as a hangover dump. It ain't pretty on that side of the ball no matter how you slice it. That's not why I'm here, though. I'm here because frankly, I believe in this team in the future. I believe in this front office's ability to patch the holes up. I believe in this defense moving forward. I believe in this offense becoming a professional level offense again. Let's look at the big picture here. They have secured an excellent crop of rookies this past April. Vollmer is a stud in the making, same for Butler and Chung. Arrington is going to be a fine player. Mayo will be coming off of a tough year, and will continue to develop. They can finally rid themselves of that d-bag underachiever Thomas. They will bring in guys with some heart to them this offseason. If there is anything that this coach is known for, it is the ability to consistently patch the holes of the previous year. I am grateful for the winning this team has done over the years. Regardless of if they are regressing- this is still the New England Patriots. If any team can move on and improve, it is this one. Time to move on, all. It's been a fun season, and it's time to start looking at ways to get better. I got a feeling 2010 is going to be something very special.