Yesterday our starting defensive backfield totalled less that 8 years NFL experience, Cromartie and Bell alone have 16 years experience. Our defensive team as a whole is one of the youngest in the league. No matter how good Hightower and Chandler are, they are still rookies. There is no Rodney Harrison back there on field coaching the DB's... Offensively we have a new "starting" RB, and we are down three pro bowl starters from '11 on the O line.. Light, Waters and Mankins. We have a new O coordinator, even though he is known to this team, and his philosophy is different. We have a new wide receiver, Lloyd. Brady may not be as comfortable with all these new guys, and the defensive backfield does not have experience... there is also a focus, because of the CBA on younger players rather than experienced players(bottom line). An uncomfortable HOF QB and a very inexperienced defense equals very tentative, uneven play.. Last week it was noted that the practices leading to the jets game were not "padded" and there was no hitting. Have heard Troy B. speak of how previous to the new CBA, there were 24-35 padded practices prior to the first exhibition game.. and now there are about 24 prior to the first regular game. The CBA also dictates how many padded practices a team can have during a season, so it is not about how a team is hurt or beat up.. it is dictated by the CBA. So our young DB's only experienced walk throughs last week which seems to impede their development.. essentially the games become padded practices and games all rolled into one. This may be contributing to the phenomenon as to why so many teams are below .500 in the AFC.. it may just be this simple; many "immature" players on the team and no ability to get better on the practice field..