One of our favorite analysts on football is former NFL executive Mike Lombardi, who writes on the league on the website The National Football Post.
Here is Lombardi's take on the Patriots:
"The Pats will need to readjust and will have to change what they are doing on offense, because no matter who is the new quarterback they wonít be a good team playing the Brady style without Brady. If I am the Pats, I go out and find some blocking tight ends and use Sammy Morris and LaMont Jordan in a more conventional approach. I would find a way to win games with less passes, but still have the big pass play element. Their offensive line is not the same, and the more they leave the edges open and expose their quarterback, the more they will make mistakes. The Pats have one of the best coaching staffs in the NFL. They will know what they have and work a game plan that best utilizes their skill players. Donít count the Patriots out just yet. They have talent and how they use it will determine their future. One thing is certain, though, they must readjust their offensive thinking."