It's a trial by fire, a chance for this defense to forge an identity. There have been many encouraging signs from the defense this year, and they played well Sunday up until the last few minutes. Now apparently some members of the defense--perhaps all--got their feelings hurt when Belichick went for it on 4th down. So, what the defense needs now is for its leaders to emerge. Tom Brady is the leader of the team, but he is, obviously, the leader of the offense. Be it Wilfork, or Warren, or Mayo, or Meriweather....these guys have to step up--in a visible, vocal way (I'm not talking about the press/public, but to the team) and say, forget the whining, the finger-pointing (we're looking at you, Adalius), this is OUR team, and we're going to win a championship. There is at least one guy on the defensive line, the linebacking crew, and the secondary who is a candidate to do this. Whether or not they can, and do, could make all the difference. Great teams have talent, and coaching, and, usually, players on the team who step up as leaders of men. Harrison, Vrabel, Bruschi, etc. aren't walking through that door. The time for the next generation of leaders to stand up is now.