Every Thursday on ESPNBoston.com, there is a Patriots chat in the early afternoon. Today's chat kicked off at noon, can be recapped here, and included some of the following topics:
1. Brian Waters and potential retirement.
2. Devin McCourty and his long-term fit on defense -- cornerback or safety.
3. Julian Edelman and his long-term fit on the team -- offense or defense.
4. Areas to target to improve the team in 2012.
5. Tom Brady and the future. Can he lead the team back to the Super Bowl?
6. Thoughts on the defense and what changes could help in 2012.