All in all, I think the biggest thing is the sense that Belichick's response to the entire season has just been a big "whatever"—as if he wrote this season off sometime between McDaniels leaving and the start of the league year.
There are three things that make me wonder about this:
1. The response to McDaniels' departure. Bringing back Patricia and Judge was economical, but obviously has proven unhelpful at best, if not downright harmful. They've hindered Mac's development at best, and the entire offense seems completely disjointed. They should not be this bad, even if they're not world-beaters. I am praying that Kraft insists on offseason change on the offensive side.
2. The lack of any sense of urgency in FA. Instead of building on the momentum from making the playoffs, the team seemed incredibly passive—as if they're hoarding all their cash for 2023. As but one example, they could've easily restructured Matt Judon's contract to create an extra $8M or so in salary cap space. But they waited until just before the season to restructure . . . Jonnu Smith? I admit that trading for Parker doesn't quite fit there, but even then, it wasn't a gigantic splash move, compared to, say, Miami acquiring Hill.
3. On a similar point, has anyone else noted the near complete absence of roster churn? Maybe I missed something, but I can't remember a single in-season move that wasn't injury-related.
I don't have a grand conclusion here, just a ton of confusion.