What makes a successful camp - New England Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston Nothing earth-shattering, but I think Yates pretty well spells it all out here. I like the insight he brings. I think #6 is a big one for this team. Last year's team had less talent, more inexperience and dealt with some key injuries. The overall talent base now is much stronger. Last year's team almost won a SB in part thanks to the intangibles, thanks to mental toughness. If this team can maintain the work ethic, chemistry and mental toughness it had last year - I know it will be improved on the field, and the result may be a team that resembles the 2004 squad in many ways.