The Patriots lost a lot of good players this offseason, while not adding many to replace them.
The team lost Tom Brady, Phillip Dorsett, Stephen Gostkowski, Nate Ebner, Elandon Roberts, James Develin, Ted Karras, Duron Harmon, Danny Shelton, Jamie Collins and Kyle Van Noy, and then added Beau Allen, Cody Davis, Brian Hoyer, Brandon Copeland, Dan Vitale, Adrian Phillips, Damiere Byrd and all of their rookies.
On top of that, Rob Gronkowski unretired and was traded to Tampa Bay.
ESPN recently ranked the offseasons in the league and the Patriots came in at No. 30.
Here's what Bill Barnwell wrote when it came to what went wrong:
Chicago and Houston were ranked behind New England.
On top of all this, the Patriots have the hardest schedule in the league next season.