It was the case when the Patriots lost the 2012 AFC Championship game to a deeper, more balanced Ravens team. The Patriots had a nice season in 2013 winning 12 games in the regular season, reaching the AFC Championship Game but the roster needs some serious retooling, particularly on offense, where they need to upgrade the skill positions to get the most out of the few remaining years of Tom Brady.Full story for BostonGlobe.com subscribers. Ben Volin can be reached at . But sometimes looking back is necessary to make sure something is not catching up with you, like New England’s lack of high-end offensive talent or defensive line depth did in Denver on Sunday.
Bill Belichick wastes so little time looking back you wonder if he ever uses the rear-view mirror when he drives. Belichick is always looking ahead, focused, fixated on the next task, the next assignment, the next season.