Turbulence shouldn't ground Pats

Despite a rough offseason, many think New England will stay strong on the field

Updated: July 16, 2013, 12:58 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

It has been a challenging offseason for the Patriots, from Wes Welker's departure to Aaron Hernandez's murder charge and Alfonzo Dennard's arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence.

Commentary and analysis has come from all angles, and I wanted to lead off this week's mailbag by challenging two things that caught the eye.

A Pioli presence is needed. Scott Pioli did a super job in his role as vice president of Player Personnel (2000-2008), and one line of thinking ...

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