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What is the ONE most important thing the Patriots need to do this off-season?

  1. Bring in experienced help to the coaching staff

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    16.8%
  2. Bring in experienced help to the player personnel department

    2 vote(s)
    2.1%
  3. Sign or draft an upper echelon pass rusher

    34 vote(s)
    35.8%
  4. Sign or draft an upper echelon wide receiver

    6 vote(s)
    6.3%
  5. Sign or draft an upper echelon running back

    2 vote(s)
    2.1%
  6. Sign or draft an upper echelon offensive lineman

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
  7. Sign or draft an upper echelon defensive back

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  8. Sign or draft an upper echelon linebacker

    6 vote(s)
    6.3%
  9. Acquire 3 or more immediate starters in the draft

    21 vote(s)
    22.1%
  10. Other - (please post what it is)

    4 vote(s)
    4.2%
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  1. PromisedLand

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    I'm just curious what y'all think is the ONE most important thing the Patriots need to do this off-season. Please pick ONE thing only and if you care to discuss, explain why you think so. Discuss!
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    Well if they dont sign a guy like Peppers, get a 3-4 OLB to rush the passer or draft a DE in the first round.They need a bunch of things.They have 4 picks in the first 2 rounds and none of that i believe.
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    Extend Brady.
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    If you can get "three or more" rookies who are good enough to start on this team, that would be a bonanza.
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    I went for the "draft an upper eschelon pass rusher" as I think that is the most pressing need, but the Pats sure have a lot of work to do looking at this list!
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    I think the Pats need to add a blue chip playmakers who can make the 2-3 big plays/game that turn games around (as well as the other consistent play) - one on offense and one on defense. The defensive one could be a pass rusher, but could be a stud ILB like Rolando McClain, or a DT/DE like Dan Williams. The most likely offensive playmaker is CJ Spiller. I'm not sure there's anyone else I would go for.
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    That's two things. We can all make a list; there have been a dozen threads about that and several media articles too. The question is what is the ONE most important thing, in your opinion?
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    No more so than add 3 instant starters, which was one of your options. If adding 3 starters is an option, why can't adding 2 playmakers be one?
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    what's all this nonsense about getting a pass rusher as the number 1 priority? that's number 2. you have to protect the franchise...Brady. getting some oline help has to be number 1. did you see what they did to favre last night? they teed off him like a pineta. teams will do the same to brady.
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    Get brady back to form and spend the off season working with Edelman and Tate.
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    PromisedLand would probably call that 2 things. :D
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    brandon tate or golden tate?
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    At least 3 starting quality players. They dont have to come in and start but the should be able to come in and make an impact.
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    Well, _I_ can count to two unlike SOME people here ... :D

    PS Mayo, to address your earlier point, I considered making one of the choices "have a killer draft" but I decided that was too vague so I tried to define what constitutes a killer draft and that was the best I could come up. Sorry, I tried.
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    You did fine. Just yanking your chain.
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    They need to draft young, hungry, starting calliber players. Create a base to build upon in 2010 and beyond. Whether it be a guy to compliment Mayo inside, a beast at OLB/DE, or a WR that scares the living hell out of opposing teams, they need someone who will start their NFL career as a Patriot. They can't afford to get veterans all the time to fill the holes. To compliment the team and provide serviceable reps, sure. But not as long term answers. All the great coaching in the world can't make up for lack of talent. Even if you're BB.
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    I basically agree with that as the most important priority. BTW if I could have added one more choice to the poll (the limit is 10) it would have been "resign their own free agents". Maybe I should have combined linebackers and pass rushers as "front seven player" - anyway, resigning Wilfork is also a very high priority.
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    I can't recall a season under BB where the Pats gameplans, adjustments and playcalling was so unimpressive and a factor in so many lost games.

    For one of the only times in BB's tenure here, I felt that this Patriot team was outcoached after the game ended more times than not. Further, for the first time ever in BB's time here, I can count on my one hand where I felt this Patriot team had the coaching advantage over their opponent heading into a contest. If I felt this way I imagine the players (on both teams) did as well and this is so unlike past Patriots teams who had their opponent beat before the game even began due to a major coaching advantage.

    I hope that never happens again so I picked improve coaching.
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    The NE WR corps is paper thin.

    Moss and Edelman. The rest are Jags. Welker might be back for 2010 and Edelman isnt a lock to be as good as Welker in the slot.

    Sign a legit # 3 WR.
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    We've wanted to add an upper echelon pass-rusher for a decade. Everyone would like to do so.

    If what we are interested in is winning the season, the critical need is at wide receiver, unless Moss, Edelman, Aiken and Stanback are in any way acceptable.
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    I put other. Fix the LB corps. I think this involves identifying the SILB via free agency or the draft who can come in and allow Mayo to play the WILB and also the addition of a pass rushing force via the draft or FA. I think this is the hardest thing for the front office to do as they are entering year 6 of not being able to do it so it leads my list of many things they need to do.
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    Other.

    Wilfork.
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    That's not "other"; one of the choices is "Sign or draft an upper echelon linebacker."
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    Bring in experienced help to the coaching staff

    BB is doing way to much. Go outside the organization if needed.
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    Well I guess the bottom line is that they have a lot of needs. I can't remember feelling this pessimistic heading into a season since before 2001. Hopefully I'm wrong.
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    For me it's not even close.

    Brady can cover up most deficiencies when health and with good WRs.

    Right now we have a very high need. Moss has to be considered a question mark and we all know Welker's out for all of 2010. Edelman's good but we need more and without at least one top tier WR to take advantage of Moss double teams this team isn't going to have a real shot at a Super Bowl
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    A decent OC

    Think back to the games you watched this season - what was the number one worst thing, what cost us wins?

    Offensive play calling - hands down
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    The o-line wasn't so bad towards the end of the year when Light came back and they moved Vollmer to RT. Brady got sacked once in like four games. With Neal retiring, getting a RG is a priority but with Mankin a RFA that is the only priority there.
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    I don't think there is one most important area to address. There are a number of areas to address on this team and not one of them really stands hands and shoulders way above the other. I would say pass rushers would be the most important, but there are other areas almost as important.
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    I'm with Joe on this one. One thing will not get this team back to the Super Bowl, but it this team wants to run the same offense next year they absolutely must have another down field threat at wide receiver. Even Moss and a healthy Welker would not cut it. Teams shift/roll their whole secondary over towards Moss and Moss is beginning to show some age. If they were toput Brady under center more, and run more play action then my opinion would change, but they seem hell bent on running the spread offense whether they have the personnel for it or not, so get the personnel. Also, Most with a legit downfield receiver on the other side is a beast --Chris Carter, Stallworth . . .
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