Just a thought I've been working over lately.... This has been my favorite team in many years. These guys bonded through adversity. They've been fun to watch because nobody expected anything from them and they've just been able to go out and play loose fun football, let the chips fall where they may. A lot of teams come to play this team without their guard fully up and a few have been surprised. I hope that this will continue to hold true next season when expectations are higher but I don't think it can. It's something we've all seen before. A young team starts to gel towards the end of a season and then starts getting talk about being a sleeper in the offseason. The next season starts and the teams they play are more motivated and don't come in expecting and easy win. The beginning of the season doesn't go well because now teams are giving you their best shot and this team is still young and it's all new to them to be favorites and have expectations placed upon them. They lose, a lot, to start the season, grumbling and finger pointing may come along with failed expectations and the whole thing could fall apart real quickly. Or, the adversity brings out the best again and they get back to the Us against the world mentality after an early season swoon and really start to come together as a team again towards the end of the year. Maybe they make the playoffs but get eliminated quickly. They've shown some good stuff and some resiliency. But this time, no one is buying into it. The pundits aren't falling for it and the rest of the league isn't respecting it either. Expectations aren't as high anymore. So, the following year there is no longer playoff talk in August. No, media is blowing smoke up the asses daily. They are true sleepers now. This is when they can come out and dominate almost everyone they play because now they've got low expectations and high talent. A deadly combo that doesn't sneak through too often. By the time anyone realizes it, we've already transformed into a talented and confident team with young players who know what it takes to win and once THAT ball gets rolling, ANYTHING can happen. That's when we can actually start hoping for what we had dared not even contemplate all these years. That's when we could end up as champions. The best part of this scenario is, it's doable even if Brady doesn't retire.