Yes ... DB's were allowed to play way more physical ... rushing the QB had more risk to the QB.2007 beats all the other Brady era Patriots teams. As for the 2004 v. 2014 comparison:
2014 probably beats 2004 if the rules are 2014 rules, and 2004 probably beats 2014 if the rules are 1004 rules.
2004, I'm not gonna bet against that veteran core of Rodney - Mcginnest - Bruschi - Vrabel - Seymour - etc while they were all still in their prime... they were a brutal group of guys and that was the only year I sat through the playoff games relatively unconcerned. So many other quality starters and depth along the front 7. 2014 may have been more talented but the 2004 version would probably work any other Patriot team, those guys really showed up in crunchtime. Guys like Chandler Jones, Jaime Collins... the talent was there but I just didn't have the same trust. Revis had a pretty rough game against Bmore IIRC too.
Because they are the best NE team of the entire TB/BB run.Why is 07 an option? In the end, they failed to get the job done. I know that's harsh for a team that went 18-0. But unfortunately history won't remember them up until SB 42. It'll remember them for SB 42.
Ok, here's a question for thought:
If you're using the 2004 team, but using the 2014 rules, how are you stopping Gronk without sacrificing the ability to cover Edelman, Amendola, LaFell, and Vereen?
Brady’s ankle had a lot to do with him not being able to buy a millisecond in that pocket. Stephen Neal getting injured hurt too. The San Diego Chargers rolling Brady’s ankle were the real MVP’s nobody knew about.Sb 42
Broncos won by their home field advantage alone. The game should’ve been at Gillette, where they would’ve been blown out. Failing to beat either the Jets or Dolphins and not securing home field advantage throughout was BB’s biggest blunder.2015 broncos