1) Patrick always starts out slowly and usually has a rough outing in at least his first and quite often his second comps. Don't believe me, check out some of the topics from last season and you will see a bunch of moaners and groaners saying he shouldn't have won with three/four/more falls.
2) Patrick has not one but TWO new programs and that's new for him so I would expect him to be OK in early comps and get better as time goes on and he gets more comfortable with them
3) he has new people on his team and again, more adjustments. These things take TIME
4) he has decided to put more emphasis on the emoting of his programs and when you are focusing on something that is newer to you, sometimes you focus so much on that area that other areas TEMPORARILY suffer. Notice I said TEMPORARILY.
Patrick will be fine. I have total faith in him that he will, like a fine wine, just get better and better. He knows that the other skaters are upping their content and he's not willing to rest upon his laurels. He hears/read/knows he has areas in which there is room for improvement and he works on them. Back in 2010 he got slammed for not have a quad -- now he usually tries 3 (1 in the short, 2 in the long) with one of those in combination. His triple axel looked fine once again. Since he got the quads, he got slammed for not be "artistic" or "feeling his music" -- so now he's working on that aspect of his skating. If I didn't know any better, I might think you have it out for him. Fans like you who first try to stir up trouble with your earlier posts and are now trying to take credit for his "turn around" make me glad we have this thing called "the ignore feature" -- a list to which I think you might need to be added.