You all know we can't have everything on the team be awesome, right? If we had a great O-line and no receivers or QB, I fear you all will be wanting to burn TD for not getting us a QB and receivers. If we had no receivers, but a great running back, you'd be asking why we didn't draft WRs. I mean realistically, in this day of salary cap space, how many positions on a team can you expect to rate A+? The Patriots don't have a running game or a defense and they still get to the SB. Shouldn't a mediocre O-line, sub-par defense, woeful running backs, a couple great receivers including TEs, and a stud QB be enough?
I'm not sure where you've been the past few years, but the Patriots very much do have a running game. It has been highly efficient and effective over the past 2 or 3 years. It may not fit the classic definition of what many consider a strong running game, with one guy having 1500 yards or whatever, but it is extremely complementary to their style of offense, which tends to be using the pass to build up a lead and hammering their opponents on the ground in the 4th quarter.
And the reason for that is because the Patriots consistently invest in their running game. Dating back to trading for Corey Dillon, drafting Laurence Maroney in the 1st round a few years back and using a pair of 2nd round picks on Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen in 2011. That coupled with their consistent investment in OL in the early rounds as well: Vollmer, Mankins, Light, and Solder were all take in the top 2 rounds, signing Brian Waters, as well as mid round picks like Koppen, Marcus Cannon, etc.
And while the Pats defense hasn't been much to write home about, they are making improvements and are investing higher picks in those areas. And thus at some point down the line with continued investment, they should cash in and have a good defense.
See what you're not getting is that many of the reasons why the Falcons are weak in certain areas is because of a lack of investment. The Patriots have a draft strategy that I call "maximization" which is essentially to have as many "premium" picks (i.e. picks in the first 4 rounds) as possible almost every year. People always say the draft is a crapshoot, and basically that strategy offers you more rolls for the die, thus increasing your chances of hitting.
The Falcons on the other hand, in recent years have adopted essentially the polar opposite strategy. Which basically means you have to be luckier than the average person. And so unless Dimitroff truly is the Vegan Jesus and has the Soy-based Hand of God shining upon all his moves (which he clearly does not) then that is not conducive to your team's ability to get better.
No one expects awesomeness everywhere, but competency
everywhere is a realistic and very achievable goal if one takes the proper steps. This team has not in recent years.
There is a clear-cut causality between several of the issues/flaws of this team and the decisions of management. How people can still be oblivious to this fact
being the root of much of the "beef" with management confounds me.