The Patriots identified their main problem on the 2012 season and are attempting to correct it.


Bucking most NFL trends, the Pats made a deal at the league’s trade deadline Thursday, acquiring cornerback Aqib Talib from Tampa Bay. Talib has one game remaining on a four-game suspension for violating the NFL’s performance-enhancing substance policy.


Talib, who has 18 career interceptions, has had multiple off-the-field issues since being drafted 20th overall by Tampa in 2008. He was suspended a game in 2010 for violating the NFL’s personal-conduct policy.