Too bad Jumping to Conclusions is not an Olympic event, because many members of The Sporting Press would be serious medal contenders. Searching the sports pages or the internet for some meaningful perspective on the 2009 Patriots is a monumental waste of time. Sunday's loss to the jets wasn't just a bad day at the office. It was the end of Life as We Know It. Many view this early season loss on the road to a division opponent is a harbinger of doom. Brady is washed up. The defense has lost too much veteran savvy and leadership. Belichick's schemes no longer fool anybody. The team has lost its swagger. etc,, etc., etc. ... They lost by 7 points. Despite the poor play in almost every phase of the game ... despite the poor reads, bad throws, dropped passes, missed blocks, missed tackles ... despite the atrocious special teams coverage ... despite the mind-numbing seemingly endless parade of penalties ... They lost by 7 points. Any one of us could readily identify 15-20 plays where critical mistakes were made. They lost by 7 points. The good news is that the played poorly and lost a close game. The reason this is good news is the the majority of the problems they had on Sunday are correctable (starting with the penalties). The good news is that Brady's timing and accuracy will improve. The good news is that the defense will begin to jell and will be increasingly able to effectively apply Belichick's schemes as the season goes on. The good news is that this team will improve over the course of the season because that is what BB's teams have done year in and year out. There are serious challenges ahead and there will be more bumps in the road. Let's not forget that this is a team in transition that is trying to contend for the championship - that's pretty unusual. In retrospect, it was unreasonable to expect that the 2009 Patriots would come flying out of the gate, hitting on all cylinders. But it is still reasonable to expect the come December and January, the New England Patriots will be a team to be reckoned with.