Obviously, it's hard to argue with an organizational scheme that has delivered 3 Super Bowls. But, as the free agent leaves continue to fall from the Foxborough tree, you have to wonder if this template may be fraying at the edges (to mix two bad metaphors).
The departure of New England icon Adam Vinatieri may be the event that forces fans to look a little more critically at the Pat's philosophy of not "over-paying" for talent. This is probably a case where they should have departed from the strictures of that philosophy. This is a guy who, at only 33, is still the best money kicker in football. Period. Let's not even hearken back to the 2001 Snow Bowl or the clutch kicks in Super Bowls. I'm talking about the future.
Whoever they get in here had better be a dead-certain lock on every kick right out of the gate. Otherwise, Coach Bill may go from an icon himself to pariah.