As coach Bill Belichick noted in the days following the Patriots' 28-13 loss to the Baltimore Ravens in the AFC Championship game, there is no soft landing. Everything just comes crashing down around you.
The Patriots are once again forced to pick up the pieces and begin the long process of evaluating what went wrong this season and how best to go about mending a roster that was on the doorstep of the Super Bowl.
Here, we lay out the process the Patriots will face, address the team's needs, provide a few unwanted tips, and ask you, the reader, to chime in.
So, what's next?