I have to say I'm surprised. I understand that the Patriots don't have the luxury of resting on laurels this off-season after their defeat just seconds from the 19-0 finish line; I understand that a coach as perfectionistic as Bill Belichick will feel he has to re-tool as much after a Super Bowl squeaker as he would had the team not even made the playoffs. But some of the Patriots' moves (or, rather, non-moves) have really surprised me.
I knew Asante Samuel would drop the Pats like a bad habit after his acrimonious off-season last year, but Rosie Colvin? I love Tedy Bruschi as much as the next person, but why does he warrant resigning if Colvin does not?
On the offensive side, I could've predicted role-players like Kyle Brady looking elsewhere for an expanded role or more money. But Donte Stallworth? And silence on Randy Moss?
I hope Brent is right and that the Patriots can develop Chad Jackson to fill Stallworth's role, but I'm less optimistic that they can. Stallworth was a solid situational weapon for Brady and his yards after catch were tops on the team. If Chad Jackson could've done that, why didn't he the times he was in the game?
You could argue that strategically, the Patriots focused in their approach too much on the offensive side of the game last year, especially earlier in the season, and were punished for doing so when the offense was rendered a non-factor during the Super Bowl loss. Still, I fail to see how dumping Stallworth and possibly dumping Moss makes the team stronger in the places they got beat in the Bowl. Call me naive, but I thought that was the idea.