No matter what happens as the trade deadline nears, whether players are shipped out (how's the real estate market, StephonGilmore?) or brought in, one or two players in either direction are not going to make a huge difference for the Patriots in 2020. Certainly not with the way they played on Sunday on both sides of the ball against the 49ers. The time for major personnel shifts was over in August. For better or worse, these are your 2020 Patriots for the final 10-plus games.
That's why — as always — any improvement from this Patriots team will have to come from within.
And it starts with the coaches. You can't just wave a magic wand and have CamNewton play at an MVP level. You can't just snap a finger and play better defense on second down
It has to start with being honest about where the team is. Identifying the problem areas and where they need to go. And then setting a plan for how to get there.
A look at where the Patriots' coaches will have to improve this team, and how to get there: