The Patriots' 25-17 loss to the Steelers on Sunday was unpleasant in every sense of the word, with Ben Roethlisberger making mincemeat of New England's secondary.
Hindsight is always 20-20, so it's easy to look at Bill Belichick's decision to cut ties with Leigh Bodden and say it was a foolish move. Maybe it was, but one game does not make that determination.
Still, the head coach and leader of the Patriots organization has opened himself up to some criticism this season. His secondary features guys such as Antwaun Molden and Phillip Adams. That secondary got burned Sunday for 329 passing yards, allowing the Steelers to possess the ball for more than 39 minutes.
Belichick is also being questioned for not challenging the play that should have been a touchdown for Rob Gronkowski late in the fourth quarter. Belichick didn't have the benefit of seeing a replay, nor did his assistants in the box, but many believe the coach should have taken a chance by throwing the red flag.
The Patriots sit at 5-2, tied for first in their division second in the AFC. All things considered, they're not in bad shape, but the loss to Pittsburgh may have exposed some major flaws in the team.