INDIANAPOLIS -- The fact the Patriots' 2011 season ended less than three weeks ago (doesn't it seem like months since the Super Bowl?) means they are still kicking through the rubble of a very successful run that ended inches short of another Super Bowl win. "Were still going through it" said Nick Caserio, the Patriots head personnel man. "We started some of that when we came back from the Super Bowl. Were still going through it. Well go through a player-by-player analysis, with strengths and weaknesses, kind of a summary of what the player is and what the player, in our opinion, his future is moving forward. Were still going through that.
"Schematic review, thats ongoing, the self-scout," Caserio continued. "Well go through and look at all the runs, all the passes, youll go through everything. Its really ongoing. The bulk of the coaches time, thats where its going to be allocated self scout, player evaluation, and then start to get into a little bit of the draft and some of the free agency. Id say it will be continually ongoing, and by the time we get to the beginning of OTAs, well have a firm grasp of where we are on everything.I asked if there was a mourning period after the loss to the Giants. Caserio indicated he understood the reason for the question but that kind of navel-gazing isn't part of what NFL teams do. The way I look at it, its kind of like another game during the year win or lose, the next day, heres what happened and then you move on to the next game," he said. "We dont have a next game to move on to. This is the next game, sort of, thats in town. Thats where we are. We were up and running the following week, in draft meetings with our scouting staff going through these prospects. You have to move on. Weve moved on and you got to prepare for the next thing thats in front of you and thats what were going to do.