Is it safe to come out, yet?? It's always morbidly amusing to poke around in here, after a loss, but only in that twisted, debauched, horrific car accident kind of way: The poisonous, toxic gases are so intense that this place becomes uninhabitable. I can only imagine what it sounds like on the radio. A few Notions... 1 ~ I hope that anyone still distraught over the loss will reflect on this fundamental truth about Coach Bill The Mad (Genius), as it really ought to vaporize every last ounce of concern about last week's loss: The truth is that because Mad Bill's top priority ~ even more so than winning every single Game ~ is clearly and demonstrably to develop his team in a way and at a rate to give them the best chance to win in the PlayOffs...one can look at the experimenting and tinkering and mind-boggling tactical moves with the calm and comforting knowledge that Mad Bill does that sort of thing all the time, throughout the years, and especially early in the season. I would think, by now, that it would be crystal clear to all that there is ~ and always has been ~ a method to'is madness, indecipherable though it may be. 2 ~ There isn't a Soul in New EngLand who's wailed longer and louder at Mad Bill's horribly bad judgment in letting incredibly cheap Grizzlies of great potential slide by in the last two drafts: OG Senio Kelemete, OG Jason Pinkston, OT Willie Smith, & OT David Mims could currently be developing their considerable talents under Coach Dante, while providing the kind of quality Depth of Talent that makes that fatal difference on Super Bowl Sunday all too often, as we ourselves have seen more than once. 3 ~ Even so, there is great reason, based on Coach Dante's rich and remarkable history, to speculate ~ and, indeed, to expect ~ that, sooner or later ~ and probably sooner ~ we will be rolling along nicely, despite how horrible the O Line looked, last Sunday. Whether or not they'll be able to compete effectively against the Giants, this Winter, should we take them on yet a 3rd time, remains to be seen...But if our Defense develops as I expect it to over the course of this year...that won't be as great a concern as it might've been. 4 ~ And of course: The Defense. Lost ~ or at least greatly muted ~ in all this wailing and gnashing of teeth regarding play calling, missed Field Goals, and WelkerGate, is the fact that our Defense is young, incredibly deep with Talent, and densely populated with brilliant, ferocious Leaders...and is kicking ass. 5 ~ And how many times has our Offense looked anemic or just plain helpless out there, over the last decade ~ again: especially early in the season, when Mad Bill is furiously experimenting with Schemes and Personnel ~ only to quickly turn it around and go on a long, sustained roll?? The Patriots have a couple of games like this almost every year. It's just part of the Formula...And after so many years of subsequently blasting our way out of such momentary lapses of explosive dominance...there really is no excuse for any of us to be hitting the Panic Button. I presume nothing...but chances are very strong that we're gonna have an absolutely awesome year.