Foxboro, MA (AP) - It's hard to believe the New England Patriots have much to improve on last season, unless you listen to quarterback Tom Brady or head coach Bill Belichick.
"Who cares how we did in the regular season? 14-2? That didn't put us in the Super Bowl. Yes, we got the bye and home field advantage, and that's what you play for. But, to lose like we did and against the team that we lost to, you can't possibly say it was a successful season," said Brady.
"The bottom line is we didn't perform, we didn't execute, and we didn't deserve to win. But, we've brought some good players in, and we expect them to contribute on a weekly basis." commented Belichick.
Among the key additions for the Patriots: wide receiver Chad Ochocinco and defensive end Albert Haynesworth. Both are known as malcontents that at many times seemed more interested in themselves than the team they were playing for. But, most expect Ochocinco and Haynesworth to play much better and fall in line this year.
Ochocinco will not have the same impact as Randy Moss did when he first came to New England. However, he gives Brady another talented target to look at. And, he's got plenty of those to work with. Haynesworth can really solidify the pass rush, which struggled mightily last year.
Getting pressure on the quarterback will be key. As for Brady, his expectations aren't changing.
"We're coming in here to win. That's the goal every year. Every team wants to win the Super Bowl. We'll have to see about that, but that's our goal, anyway."