The Patriots have had an identity in past seasons.
This year? Not so much.
A slew of injuries and an inconsistent offense have pretty much eliminated any chance of figuring out just what this Patriots team is.
Sure, they still won plenty of games, but they did it in different ways.
Gary Tanguay doesn't think this is a good thing. He says the Pats need an identity to have success.
The Boston Globe's Chris Gasper doesn't necessarily agree.
"I think it helps them and I'll tell you why. When they had an identity in the past, as an offensive team, a passing team, pass-a-palooza, they could only win one way. And when they got in the playoffs and it didn't go their way, they couldn't slap 28 or 30 on the board, now they fold up their tent.
Now they've been forced throughout this season to find different ways to win. On defense, sometimes it's passing, the last couple weeks with the running game. I think that serves you well in the postseason."