actually im the opposite. i brought up the patriots as winners in free agency, they didnt make any real big name free agency splashes. the bucs did though and i think they went about everything COMPLETELY wrong and i'm not worried about them at all.
in fact in pretty much every free agency thread i talk AGAINST making big free agency splashes and talk about the value of getting those cheap 2nd tier (but still quality) free agents that the patriots and other smart teams stack up on every year.
Except the Patriots haven't done much more than grab a bunch of warm bodies to try to fill holes that their consistently poor drafting and free agency busts over the last few years have left in their team. Remember when Belichick was known as a defensive genius? Now he's shoehorning receivers into his secondary, because they've busted on entire drafts before as paid out chunks of change on players like Adalius Thomas and Chad Ochocinco.
I'm fine with our method, which I say'll yet again relies far more on input from the head coach than other teams. Rivera will get players to his liking, and if he feels that existing players can step it up we'll roll with them. Just sit tight and see how it shakes out and stop blaming Hurney from every single thing you can imagine, when he's rarely the one pulling the trigger.