people have gotten too mesmorized with systems over the last few years. that in large part comes from the patriots upset SB victory against the rams, and subsequent winning of 2 of the next 3 SBs. in these cases - especially against rams - it was assumed pats had inferior talent and therefore bellichick's "brilliant system" won the game. i disagree. i say pats talent was highly under valued. even madden pointed this out on monday night a few years ago in the season we beat eagles for SB #3, at the time, he said pats had the best SS (harrison), best DE (seymour), one of the best NTs (wilfork), the best big game QB (Brady), one of the best RBs (dillon), the best LB corp (vrabel bruschi, mcginnist & colvin), the best DB (law) and one of the best olines. since then our running game has declined with the aging of dillon, harrison is oft-injured, law is gone, the LB corp has declined with bruschi's age and injury, and seymour and wilfork have also had more injuries. we also lost the best offensive play caller weis to ND. it's no surprise to me this coincides with the lack of super bowl appearances. it's like seymour said "I never saw a system make a tackle." that's why i am hopeful that pats will continue to use their cap space and upgrade in several areas and stop believing their own "bellichick's system can overcome anything" propaganda.