New England Patriots’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes So Far

New England Patriots’ 5 Biggest Offseason Mistakes Thus Far

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Since the beginning of free agency for the 2014 offseason, the New England Patriots have made numerous mistakes. The front office has not spent their money wisely and have done little to dramatically improve the team. Here are five reasons why.

Not Re-Signing LeGarrette Blount

New England Patriots LeGarrette Blount
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Not Re-Signing LeGarrette Blount

New England Patriots LeGarrette Blount
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Letting Blount sign with the Pittsburgh Steelers leaves the Patriots without a short yardage, goalline RB who is adept at breaking tackles. Instead, they are left with Steven Ridley, who has fumble issues and shrinks in big situations, Shane Veeren, a poor man's Kevin Faulk, unheralded Brandon Bolden, who has a career total of 545 yards, and James Develin. Not exactly a fearsome foursome. They will miss “Blount-Force Trauma.”

Not Re-Signing Aqib Talib

New England Patriots Aqib Talib
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Not Re-Signing Aqib Talib

New England Patriots Aqib Talib
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The immediate response from most people is, “the Patriots signed Darrelle Revis.” I say that was a straight-up swap that didn’t make the Patriots any better. Brandon Browner is decent, but he is not Talib, who is a lock-down corner on a team that depends far too much on Kyle Arrington. Think of the possibilities of Talib and Revis with McCourty. That is how you stop your defense from being ranked 26th in yards allowed.

Signing Brandon LaFell

New England Patriots Brandon LaFell
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Signing Brandon LaFell

New England Patriots Brandon LaFell
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If this guy is the answer to the Patriots WR woes, the team is in Houston we have a problem, someone better dial 911 kind of trouble. LaFell has never caught more than 50 receptions or gained over 700 yards in a season. Last season he had one 100-yard game, never caught more than seven receptions and caught zero passes in multiple games. At best, LaFell is a third-string WR and will be just another cog in the traffic jam at slot receiver.

Not Signing a Free-Agent DE

New England Patriots Jared Allen
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Not Signing a Free-Agent DE

New England Patriots Jared Allen
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In the last five seasons, the defense has ranked 26th, 25th, 31st, 25th and 11th, and haven’t ranked higher than 20th in total sacks. While Chandler Jones has shown flashes of brilliance, the Patriots should have made more of an effort to pick up a veteran to improve this glaring issue. Julius Peppers, Jared Allen, Demarcus Ware and Justin Tuck were all available and the Patriots didn’t even make a halfhearted effort to secure one of them.

Not Pursuing DeSean Jackson

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Not Pursuing DeSean Jackson

New England Patriots DeSean Jackson
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Who remembers the last time Tom Brady had a legitimate WR threat and not some undersized, overachieving, former QB turned slot receiver? What happened that year? An undefeated regular season -- a Super Bowl victory lost on a wacky, miracle helmet catch. Unfortunately, Bill Bilichick and Robert Kraft seem determined to waste the final years of Brady’s career signing guys like Brandon LaFell and “Mr. IR,” Danny Amendola.