The playoffs began over the weekend without the Patriots for the first time since 2008, but that doesn't mean everything was quiet in New England.
After losing Director of Player Personnel Nick Caserio to the Texans, several reports indicated his assistant, Dave Ziegler, was set to interview for the vacant GM job in Denver.
Turns out Ziegler withdrew his name from consideration in Denver and intends to remain in Foxborough, which could mean a promotion for Ziegler and some continuity within the personnel department. NESN.com provides an updated look at the Patriots personnel department assuming Ziegler does in fact stay.
The Boston Herald has a five-step plan to help the Patriots rebuild, starting with finding some resolution when dealing with the team's opt-outs. The Athletic's plan begins with the quarterback position.