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News Blitz 1/21: Big offseason questions to answer
Though Sunday's game was a heartbreaking loss for the Patriots, Rich Levine says it will not mark the end of an era. In an article on Comcast SportsNet's website, he says that there are big decisions to be made this offseason, but that New England should be even stronger next year.
"There will be another chance. It isn't over," says Levine. "If there's anything we've learned from the previous seven playoff losses, and the annual declaration of the end of an era, it's that as long as Brady and Belichick are around, the dream is still alive."
An article by the Associated Press was posted in the Boston Herald today that lists the Patriots highlights and lowlights from 2013. This includes the best and worst games, the best and worst plays, and the biggest surprise and biggest disappointment from 2013.
Boston.com's Zuri Berry lists his five takeaways from 2013. Though the Patriots failed to accomplish their ultimate goal, Berry believes there are a number of positives from a very memorable season.
"When your quarterback has to play perfectly for anything to happen, you have built your team incorrectly," believes Farrar. "As much as Belichick is one of the greatest geniuses the NFL has ever seen, he'll have to correct this bad road before it gets worse."
ESPN Boston's Field Yates adds his own take to the Patriots offseason needs. He believes that resigning Aqib Talib and Julian Edelman should be at the top of the team's list of priorities. He also identifies the Patriot biggest need and offers a player who he expects will receive a contract extension.
ESPN's NFL Live team breaks down Belichick's reaction and debates whether it was an overreaction or whether his comments were warranted.