Originally Posted by 'Hamas' Jenkins
One of the most devastating things for NE is that they've never been able to identify talent at WR, RB, or OLB through the draft.
The defensive scheme is starting to show its age, and their desire to stay with DE-sized OLBs in a league where there is more and more speed seems anachronistic.
Outside of Brady, on offense is there anyone out there who can go out and make a play? Welker might be the most reliable slot WR in the NFL, but at 9.9 YPC, he's not exactly breaking games open.
I don't think you can rely on Jermaine Cunningham, Tully Banta-Cain, and Rob Ninkovich to supply your pass rush.
Niko and Chandler Jones (who was injured) are solid guys off the edge. Not top tier but solid.
They need to IMO upgrad significantly at corner whilst keeping Talib, draft Hunt who can rush the passer from the 3-tech, and get another pass rushing OLB.
Additionally, they need to send more than 4 guys consistently and in a more creative way.