I appreciate negativity is more popular right now but there's a lot more good than bad with the Pats IMO.
On offense the mistakes have been magnified due to happening at critical moments but appear to be more decision making issues than talent and so in theory at least are correctible. It probably wasn't realistic to expect a well-oiled machine right away despite the talent. There's a lot of moving parts with Josh McD being the new/old OC. None of the RB's nor Gronk and Hernandez have played with him. The departure of Light and Waters plus injuries have slowed the o-line getting into sync as a unit.
Despite some hiccups even in today's offensive era no team has been more productive overall on offense.
The defensive front 7 has real potential and is already solid against the run which is never a bad thing. Yes, a more consistent pass rush would be nice but very few teams can consistently generate pass rush with just the down linemen. Especially when two starters, Wilfork and Love, are more run stoppers. We've seen flashes of good blitz instincts from the LB's at times. One has to think the reluctance to blitz is based mostly on the inexperience in the secondary.
Yes, the secondary has been tough to watch. But the two most experienced guys, Chung and Gregory have been hurt. So you've got 3 rookies, Wilson, Dennard and Ebner, two of whom are basically starting. Two other guys, Dowling and Moore are virtual rookies. McCourty is again getting bounced around.
The margin of error in terms of giving up plays is very small and we're currently watching trial by fire for that young group, which is tough now but should pay dividends later. There seems to be talent, although I'll admit being a little worried about Chung, and the problem seems to be moreso uncertainty with assignments which should improve. If BB develops a little more confidence in these young guys understanding their jobs, hopefully we'll see a more aggressive approach in the second half.
As hard as close losses are to watch this team should ultimately be more battle tested than last year.
Lots of football still to come. Hang in there Pats fans.