Chatham: Why aren't Patriots playing anymore? It's not the... I know, I know, paywall. But there's enough Athletic subscribers here to make this conversation worthwhile. He's expressing something that's been lurking in the back of my brain for a while. In my work life I see this problem play out routinely, to the great detriment of organizations of all types, so it's natural that it would be my bias and lens as a sports fan and thus I'd be attracted to his article. Here's a small, defining portion: I’ve grown to believe that because of such an overwhelming focus by the NFL on free agency, draft, and fantasy football to seize fan and media attention around the calendar, football problem-solving conversation and content almost always flow from one of those three buckets. And lo and behold, the theme behind each of these worlds is basically just “get a different guy.” Got a football problem? Well, let me see here … looks like you’ve got the wrong guy. A different guy will fix your problem right up. Fantasy football (of which I’m an avid participant) hammers this football blinders view home even further: Ya didn’t win last week? Ya gotta get different guys! Click here, or listen to this, or subscribe to this, and we’ll tell ya the guys ya need to get to win! It’s the sports problem-solving version of a tool belt filled only with hammers. I asked him if the erosion of the coaching staff over the past few years might be a core solution, and am looking forward to his response.