1. The defense is young. Four of the first five defensive linemen are seasoned vets. Two of the first four linebackers are seasoned vets. Five of the first seven DB's are seasoned vets. Of the 18 players getting significant playing time, three are rookies and three are second year players . Is this "young?" 2. Moss is an elite receiver. A quick scan of other team rosters puts a dent in that assumption, if actual performance is used as the measure. Two years ago, TV announcers were calling him the best in the league. 3. Brady is one of the two best QB's in the league. Again, not by performance. And if his reputation for winning in the clutch was to be formed this year, he'd be seen as someone who fades when the game is on the line. 4. BB is an elite head coach. Could it be that time has passed him by, if younger, more aggressive and innovative coaches has caught him, with some now consistently doing a superior job? 5. The Pats manage personnel (draft, FA, trades, veteran negotiations, and cap space) better than most teams. Is this what it looks like at the "end of a run?"