WHAT LIES AHEAD FOR PATRIOTS?
Determining points of emphasis
During the evaluation process, Belichick and his staff will also be looking at the big picture, everything from coaching decisions, the makeup of the roster, and the points of emphasis going into the 2013 season.
This is the time when the coaching staff will determine whether they did a good enough job sticking with the running game and whether it was a good idea to favor Julian Edelman over Wes Welker so much in the beginning of the season. And for that matter, what to do with both of them. They're free agents.
A clear game plan for how the team operates on offense and defense in 2013 will be determined. Don't expect any drastic changes in philosophy. This is a Tom Brady, sub-package-heavy team.
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