Originally written on The Penalty Flag  |  Last updated 2/23/12

FOXBORO, MA - JANUARY 10: Tom Brady #12 of the New England Patriots looks on during warm ups against the Baltimore Ravens during the 2010 AFC wild-card playoff game at Gillette Stadium on January 10, 2010 in Foxboro, Massachusetts. (Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)
It’s hard to say that Tom Brady and the 2011 New England Patriots fell short of expectations. The AFC Champions took a questionable defense into the Super Bowl and many have said that their lack of wide receiver talent and more importantly a speed rusher on the edge hurt their chances of beating the Giants. I think it’s fair to say that if you replayed the Super Bowl 10 times we may have a 50/50 split, but the Patriots are stacked with early draft picks once again and this year could be the year Bill Belichick chooses to use those picks. Mel Kiper of ESPN.com has the Patriots selecting; Vinny Curry, OLB, Marshall Curry is a really good pass-rusher for a team that needs to find some help in that area. I’m not sure he’s the best candidate to play OLB in a 3-4, but Bill Belichick can scheme around his personnel as well as anybody, and if he loves a pass-rusher, he’ll find a way to make it work. Curry has violent hands and can really get a tackle off-balance. He can also swim to the inside. The Patriots need to add talent to the front seven, and Curry [...]
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