1. fire billy o'brian. he hasn't a clue how to manage a game offensively. wake up bill and realize it. either let brady call his own plays (god he should know by now what call to make) or get a real offensive coordinator who is actually good.
2. Trade Merriweather and our early #1 to carolina and get fairly, dareous or whoever you think will be a beast on the d line (if they don't bite, get the highest you can to snag one of these guys).
3. trade our # 28 and guyton or tully banta or whoever is expendable and has value(or include a later pick or next year pick if you have to) and see if you can get up to the mid teens and get either the best offensive linemen or the best outside linebacker who is also a sack machine.
** others may have outlined strategies nabbing several offensive lineman without trading up,
but i want a top tier impact player at these 3 positions, however we can do that.
***Of course, if you can get a stud at these three positions via F.A. even better
4. with # 33 get get whichever of the 2 above you didnt take (outside linebacker or offensive lineman).
5. forget trading down or worrying about stockpiling for 2012.
eventually you have to go for it or all your players including brady will continue to pass their window of opportunity. the jets beat you in a lot of ways and one was going for the best players however you can get them f.a., draft etc while you go for quantity. neither are bad, unless you take to the extreme. (no i wouldn't mind trading 1 pick or 1 early and a late round into 2012, but jeez, come on! Enough mediocrity).
6. obviously, if you can, later in the draft or f.a,. pick up the necessary free safety, wide receiver, cornerback, running back etc that you need.
7. to me it's either get the stud players you need now or trade whatever it takes to get the #1 pick next year to get andrew luck and buiold for 3-5 years down the line(obviously a gamble-if you trade now, you dont know for sure who's pick it will be; if you wait till it's decided next year, it may take the farm to trade for the pick). obviously i don't advocate for this strategy, but make a darned decision, go for it now or later. enough of this halfway mediocre nonsense.
8. obviously you need to keep all your offensive lineman. but the line has to improve. it's good, but not good enough to go against a great d line and hold up through a whole championship campaign.
9. to review: billy is gone (replaced by a real coordinator or brady calls his offensive plays), get stud(the best) d lineman, o lineman and outside linebacker studs. fill in the rest of the cracks. no more excuses. you are better than that. get what you need and get 1 or 2 championships.
(later i also question belichick's insecurity re: his not hiring competent coaches)
thanks for everyone's post