The parade is over, and now the work begins. The Patriots have stayed near the top of the NFL for so long because of Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and constant change. That will remain true this offseason. While their team is mostly young, the Patriots have five starters set to hit free agency with Darrelle Revis' status also a huge question mark. They have big decisions to make in the secondary and at running back, but the coaching staff remains intact except for retiring special teams coach Scott O'Brien.
Biggest free agents
» S Devin McCourty: NFL Media Insider Ian Rapoport reported that the safety will remain in New England. McCourty agreed to a five-year, $47.5 million contract, according to Rapoport, per a source informed of the situation.
On the way out?
What they need
New England's best two defensive backs and running backs have uncertain futures. That will be a focus. Brandon LaFell was a big hit in his first season, but the Patriots need more speed on the outside. On defense, the team is desperately in need of some beef for their interior defensive line. Look for draft picks there.
Offseason crystal ball
McCourty should be retained by a huge long-term extension. The Patriots have leverage with Revis; look for him to stay at least one more season. The team can clear some room by cutting Wilfork, reminding everyone that Belichick is not sentimental. They can rebuild their running back position in the draft, letting Vereen walk.