Found July 23, 2013 on Football Nation:
Let’s start by getting all the usual words of praise out of the way.  The Patriots are a very good team, they are likely to win the AFC East this year, and they re-signed a some of their own, important free agents.  But none of that excuses the poor 2013 off-season, which ranked a solid “D,” even before two of their starters were arrested. From a football standpoint, the team got worse at three receiving positions, lost depth on the offensive and defensive lines, and missed a once-a-generation chance to get solid players at bargain-basement prices because of salary-cap dumping around the league.  Here are five reasons the 2013 Patriots get an off-season “D” -- even before the arrests of tight end Aaron Hernandez and corner Alfonzo Dennard. 1.  No coverage at corner When corner Aqib Talib left the AFC Championship Game with an injury, you could literally see Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco get under center and look for Talib’s replacement, Marquice Cole.  Flacco went right at Cole play...
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