2005 was an aberration. They lost Bruschi for part of the season due to the stroke. They lost Ted Johnson, literally, the day that training camp was suppsoed to start. You can't lose your top starting ILBs and expect the team to be good. They lost the AFCCG because the referees insisted on calling PI against the Patriots and not against the Colts. Kelvin Hayden RAPED Reche Caldwell in the endzone on a catchable pass and nothing was called. As for the SB, if you are going to say that the Pats lost because of a particular unit, you have to blame the DBs. Meriweather and Samuel both had dropped interceptions. Also, Samuel blew the coverage on Tyree TWICE. Once leading to a TD and the other time was the catch that rodney couldn't get up to knock the ball away. But Tyree was Samuel's man initially and he was in man coverage.