One potential positive that I haven't seen discussed much is the way this team has responded in the past when Belichick has been under heavy scrutiny. They always seem to get his back when you think they have a good reason to turn against him. In 2003, he cuts Lawyer Milloy, Tom Jackson says "they hate their coach," and the rest is history. And we all know what happened in 2007. This is probably the most he's been criticized outside of those two events. Maybe the team will respond the same way. I sure hope so.