Our defense in the middle,with all respect to Seau and Bruschi has not been the same since Ted Johnson's retirement in July of 2005. Imagine if he had stayed healthy enough and still played here how it would have been a difference in the playoff games we lost as soon as he retired. Ted was superb at stuffing the run and rushing the passer from the middle which is something Bruschi is not really known for,Tedy and Ted formed the greatest 2 ILB core together in Patriots history and when Ted left the defense suffered inside from 2005 to now especially when the playoffs began the last 3 years,Ted was always a force in the playoffs. Obviously we can't bring back the past ..but only if Ted was able to stick around longer I imagine it would have increased our chances,to win at least another SB. Remember back in 2003 when Ted was the first linebacker to have actually hit the OT on the head so hard that his helmet cracked in two? - Now that was a hard hit and I hope we can get someone like that again soon in the middle of the D which may get even softer very soon.