There is much reason for optimism surrounding the outlook of the 2007 New England Patriots season. While I share this same optimistic feeling I have a feeling that some of us are getting carried away. We shouldn't be booking Super Bowl tickets just yet. The point that I want to make is to compare some of our losses since the 2005 season to the gains of their 'replacments' this season. After looking at these two groups as a whole, I actually felt better about our chances with the 2005 group heading into that year than I do about our 2007 group heading into this year. I realize that there are other X-factors that will create the identity of this team, such as the fact that young guys have had two more years to mature and develop their games (ie. Ty Warren, Asante Samuel, Vince Wilfork, Ben Watson etc.). But to offset that there have been players who are getting older or now have health concerns (Tedy Bruschi, Rodney Harrison, Troy Brown) or are less effective (Eugene Wilson). So, just looking at it from the handful of guys that I have in the poll, which group would you rather have going into that ONE season......... D.Branch/D.Givens/W.McGinest/C.Dillon/D.Graham heading into 2005 or D.Stallworth/W.Welker/A.Thomas/S.Morris/K.Brady heading into 2007 to get to the point....my feeling is that I was more confident in our team with the 2005 group heading into the '05 season, and that team didn't win a Super Bowl, so don't book your Super Bowl tickets just yet.