A lot of people in here every offseason talk about wanting to make moves that would include signing everybody and scoring 40+ a game. As amazing as that would be, it’s not realistic. I agree with @mgteich
. If they can solidify the offensive line, re-sign Meyers and grab an impact receiver, re-sign Jonathan Jones and add some depth in the secondary, they’ll be in decent shape for a nucleus. From there, adding a big d-lineman and a veteran tackle and also drafting one of those would also help.
They need to be able to be as solid defensively next year as they were this year and simply be able to put points up on the board. People forget they went over 40 three times in 2021 and hit 50+ twice. They need to be able to be more efficient offensively and O’Brien should fix that.
I get that last year left a bad taste, but they need to be as good as they were in 2021 but more talented and polished. As we saw this past season, it’s not like a ton of teams are lighting it up and as bad as they were, they were still competitive and could have won additional games where they beat themselves.
With Brady gone, the days of dominating are gone right now. But they can be good enough to surprise everyone, provided they shore up those key areas in the coming weeks/months. But things definitely aren’t as dire as people are making them out to be, again, provided they take care of business.