[QUOTE=NY2FLDWC85;4494894]I'm not expecting us to win the AFC East this season, but I am expecting our most complete team (on both sides of the ball) that we've featured during Ryan's tenure here. Because of that, I feel that we can at the very least give NE a run for their money in regards to which team wins the division.
I'll continue to give NE the edge over the Jets (heading into the season) for as long as Bill Belichick and Tom Brady are running the team. Why wouldn't I? They've won the AFC East time and time again. It's getting old now.
Last year NE went 13-3 despite the fact that NE featured a laughing stock defense with plenty of defensive injuries. They drafted defense during the draft, they'll return players who went down last year (especially throughout the secondary) and those younger players on defense will all have more experience when compared to last year. I'm expecting a much improved NE defense. Not expecting a top 5 or even top 13 defense, but I am expecting a much improved NE defense when compared to last years disaster.
On offense, as long as NE features Tom Brady as their starting Quarterback... They should not only be respected, but also feared as an offense. Once you factor in Welker, Hernandez and Gronkowski? They're pretty much impossible to shut down. It's hard enough just trying to contain these guys with Brady reading opposing D's. Man, that's just a great trio of pass catching talents. They've also Picked up Brandon Lloyd, who led the league in receiving yards back in only 2010. Branch is still a veteran WR in which has plenty of experience working with Brady. Last but not least, you always have to account for Danny Woodhead coming out of the slot. It'll be hard keeping these guys under 31 points per game.
The good news? We won't have to worry about this franchise for too much longer. Bill Belichick is now 60 years old while Tom Brady will turn 35 by season's start. I know we say this during every offseason, but Brady will decline sooner rather than later. Hopefully he doesn't make it to 38 (on the football field).[/QUOTE]
I do not think you can compare this offense to the offense in 2010 with LT, Edwards, and Woody and the linebackers were two years younger.
In the NFL don't even look 3 years down the road. Brady might not be there but neither will 2/3 of the starters on both teams.