- James Walker, ESPN Staff Writer
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The New England Patriots have made tons of headlines in recent weeks -- and for mostly the wrong reasons. This month alone, New England signed quarterback Tim Tebow, Pro Bowl tight end Rob Gronkowski had back surgery and Aaron Hernandez is in legal trouble.
That brings us to our latest “Poll Friday” question: What’s the level of concern for the Patriots? The reigning AFC East champs are having plenty of issues. Will it impact New England’s performance in the regular season?
Is New England’s ship sinking fast? The Patriots’ title window is closing and they need to win now. However, Gronkowski’s back and arm issues and Hernandez’s legal woes could make it tough. New England also made a lot of changes at wide receiver and could take a couple steps back offensively.
Is there moderate concern about the Patriots? New England has made it a habit to overcome distractions and focus on football. Adding Tebow-mania to the mix, in addition to issues at tight end, makes it tough.
Or will the Patriots be the same dominant team? New England was one game away from the Super Bowl last season and is trying to get back. Will the Patriots overcome offseason questions to win the Super Bowl in February at MetLife Stadium?
Using our SportsNation poll, vote on your level of concern for the 2013 Patriots. You can also share your thoughts in the comment section below.