The Globe's Mike Reiss talks about the departure of Josh McDaniels and Scott Pioli, and what the losses mean to the Patriots. Click on the player above to watch the video, or check out a written summary below.
In the short term, the loss of McDaniels is likely to hurt more as coach Bill Belichick must move quickly to fill the holes on his staff. Ultimately, the system should trump everything else and the Patriots are more likely to look within their organization than bring in someone like 49ers offensive coordinator Mike Martz.
Director of player personnel Nick Caserio could slide into Pioli's role and will be aided by a year of experience in the front office last season, but filling Pioli's shoes is no easy task for the Patriots.