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Posted by Christopher L. Gasper, Globe Staff  January 6, 2010 10:51 PM

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That's what some feel has been missing from the Patriots offense since the departure of Josh McDaniels to become the coach of the Denver Broncos, following last season. One of the perceived solutions was the return of deposed Notre Dame coach and former Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis, who was The OC for all three of the Patriots' Super Bowl-winning teams.

Weis likely won't be walking back through that door in Foxborough as he has agreed to become the offensive coordinator of the Kansas City Chiefs. It never made sense for Weis to sign up for a second tour of duty with the Patriots. Weis has already proven he can succeed with Bill Belichick and Tom Brady. In order to get another shot at a head coaching job outside of South Bend he has to prove he can succeed without them.

What better place to do it than Kansas City, where he has former Brady understudy  Matt Cassel at quarterback, a good young running back in Jamaal Charles, and the opportunity to be hailed as an offensive guru responsible for a turnaround.

If Weis turns the Chiefs' offense into a KC masterpiece he'll be a head coach again.

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...That's what the Patriots have when it comes to picks in the 2013 NFL Draft, which starts Thursday. After all those years of stockpiling picks the way a survivalist does non-perishables the Patriots have just five picks in this year's draft, thanks to Band-aid trades for Albert Haynesworth, Chad Ochocinco and Aqib Talib. Five picks would be the fewest draft picks in franchise history. (Part of that is attributable to the trimming of the draft to just seven rounds in 1994). Further complicating matters is that two of the Patriots' greatest needs are at wide receiver and cornerback, positions where they have sustained draft droughts. With that in mind, I'm convinced the Patriots are going trade back out of the first round of a quanity-over-quality draft where you're just as likely to pick a Pro Bowl player in the second and third round as you are in the first round.

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