Those blinders got the Patriots to 9 Super Bowls in 20 years. He's 14-6 with guys other than Brady in the last 15 years. Yeah, they had some misses in the draft and free agent signings but ALL TEAMS DO. All they have to do to be a playoff team is win their division even if they go 8-8 (* look at this year's NFC East) . Do you see the Darnold led Jets doing it? The rebuilding Dolphins? The Bills are the strongest competition and I for one am not sold on Allen as their QB taking the next step. So yes, I think the Patriots are a playoff team, not a great one but they will rebuild and in 2021 have the cap space to make some moves.