How *I* would fix the Patriots....
Projected ~52 million in cap space (https://www.nbcsports.com/boston/patriots/patriots-projected-have-third-most-nfl-salary-cap-space-2023-offseason
1. Coaching staff: BB as GM and HC. O'Brien as OC. Mayo as AHC and DC. SBelichick calling defensive plays. Judge as ST coach. Patricia in the Ernie Adams role. Marrone as OL coach.
2. Fix OT by doing two things: (1) signing Kelvin Beachum of Arizona to play RT. Good pass blocker, average run blocker. Solid vet. At 33 years of age, you wouldn't sign him to a long-term deal, but you probably can get two good years out of him. Reasonable chance you could get him for about $13m a year, given his age. And (2) draft a player to be LT with their first round pick. They need another stud to pair with Strange. I'd aim for Matthew Bergeron out of Syracuse (6'5", 322 lbs) - strong, powerful athlete. He's a first round player but isn't one of the top 5 tackles, so I'd see if he's still around and hope I could actually trade down from #14 and pick up an additional, say, 3rd round pick. Then around #20-25 draft Bergeron. That gives them a high quality, young, athletic left side of the line for years to come, and a strong veteran to go alongside Onwenu on the right side.
3. Since this draft class isn't the best when it comes to WRs, I'd see if I can snag the best remaining WR with the 2nd round pick. (obviously has to be someone you like)
4. Rest of the draft I'd look for OL, DB (CB especially), and TE.
5. Both Agholor and Meyers are free agents. I wouldn't re-sign either of them, even though I like Meyers. I just think he's going to cost too much. See about signing Scotty Miller from Tampa. Shouldn't cost much, and is one of those shifty slot receivers the Patriots have always loved. Or maybe Jarvis Landry, who also shouldn't cost too much given his age (30+). Then run next year's offense around Bourne, Parker, Thornton, the rookie you drafted, and Miller/Landry. Is it an all-world group? No. But I think if the rest of the offense is in good shape, it's plenty good enough. Of COURSE I would love for them to get a true #1 WR, but I just don't see how they do that. There's just none available in free agency, and I don't know that there's one that'll be available to the Pats in the draft.
6. Let Hunter Henry go. I like him, but I'd let him go. According to spotrac, he'd come with a $5m dead cap hit, but his 2023 cap hit right now looks to be $15m. So you'd save $10m. Then I'd sign someone like Kyle Rudolph or Irv Smith - solid pros who should cost a lot less than Hunter.
7. Re-sign Peppers. Let Jonathan Jones go. Figure out Jack Jones and get that guy's head on straight. He'll be the #1 CB next year. Add from the draft at both CB and S. Sign cheaper vets to supplement.
8. Figure out the punting situation. Maybe Bailey was dealing with an injury this year. Who knows. But they have to improve there for sure.
9. Make sure the offense runs stuff that Mac is comfortable with and is good at. They need to make this as Mac-friendly as it can be. See if he's really the guy.