What's next for the Patriots?

In a piece now posted on ESPNBoston.com, Mike Reiss lays out his thoughts on where the Patriots go from here.

They should be back in the championship hunt again in 2012.

"I hope we do get back here again. I'd rather keep coming to this game and lose than not get here," quarterback Tom Brady said following Sunday's painful defeat. "I hope another opportunity comes."

Before the Patriots take the field again, there is plenty of business for them to handle. Reiss breaks down some of the issues:

1. Wes Welker's contract

2. Setting the draft board

3. Identifying top team needs

4. BenJarvus Green-Ellis as a free agent

5. Why Chad Ochocinco could be one-and-done.

6. Defensive scheme

7. Centers of attention

To read the piece, CLICK HERE.