It strikes me that one of the biggest differences between last season and this is the productivity of the team's vet signings. Take a look at the major acquisitions (I'm leaving off mid-season street FA signings, players who hit the IR before cuts could be made, multiple Hank Poteat sightings, etc.): 2005 Free agent signings QB Doug Flutie WR David Terrell CB Chad Scott LB Monty Beisel WR Tim Dwight LB Chad Brown 2006 Trade acquisitions CB Duane Starks WR Andre Davis Let's face, that is a HORRIBLE group of transactions overall. Out of eight players, only one is still with the team. If you ever wanted proof that BB & SP are fallible, you've got it. Now this year: 2006 Free agent signings WR Reche Caldwell LB Junior Seau 2006 Trade acquisitions WR Doug Gabriel DL Johnathan Sullivan Three of those four look like solid moves, with Gabriel potentially a good deal more than that. Now if just one of Terrell, Dwight and Davis, one of Beisel and Brown, and one of Scott and Starks had lived up to billing last year, things could have been mighty different. You pay your money and take your chances.