this is my take on the 2008 new england patriots. this season was a success for the patriots. i can honestly say the 2008 regular season was more enjoyable than the 2007 regular season. nobody gave the pats a chance after brady went down. nobody. and for them to win 11 games after all of the other injuries they sustained? remarkable. simply remarkable. im very happy with the direction in which this team is headed in. a lot of players stepped up and showed that they can play in this league going forward. -they found their franchise linebacker and defensive leader of the future in jerod mayo. -they found a cornerback that could develop into a #1 corner in Jonathan Wilhite. - Ellis Hobbs showed that he is a very good #2 cornerback, and that he is not a lockdown corner -Matt Cassel proved he can lead a team to 11 wins. my bet is that they franchise him, and trade him. there is no way that the patriots let him go walking for nothing. they are too smart. If brady really needs more time, you keep Cassel. -Randy Moss showed, for the first time in his career, that he can be a true team player. - Wes Welker showed yet again that he is one of the toughest players in the league and is the best slot receiver in the game. -Junior Seau still has something left in the tank. If he will just stick around one more year, i think he will finally get his ring. -Sammy Morris showed he is the best running back on the patriots roster. -Laurence Maroney has an awful lot to prove next year. - Brandon Merriweather showed that he can replace rodney harrison as the leader of the secondary. i love the direction of this team. i really do. hopefully they can resolve the cassel situation soon and make a big splash in free agency or lock up some of the core guys(wilfork, seymour, mankins, etc.). this will be a fascinating offseason.