Patriots' problems run deep

Placing all the blame on leadership void rings hollow

Updated: January 17, 2010, 6:42 PM ET
By Mike Reiss | ESPNBoston.com

Have we gone leadership crazy?

Since the Patriots' 2009 season ended with a dud, one thought echoed across New England and subsequently around the NFL: The team's up-and-down campaign and stunning playoff collapse was a result of a gaping leadership void.

In an instant, got-to-have-it-now society, the knee-jerk conclusion that the Patriots lacked leadership seemed to be one that many rallied around. If only Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Richard Seymour and Mike Vrabel were around, ...

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