That's fair, and the media seems to be talking out of both sides of their mouth in this regard. I've seen a ton of predictions for their record and they almost universally range from 7-10 to 10-7. So, a slightly below average to a slightly above average team. And yet, as you point out, the articles are making it seem like a complete disaster situation. As usual, the media is setting it up to say they were right almost regardless of what happens. The only exception would be an 11+ win season.They obviously didn't play good or look good--but some in the media are playing the dysfunction up to the point that ithe media' observations will be wrong if the Pats are merely average or below average; if you keep saying they are completely incompetent on offense and they end up 8-9 and 20th in the league in offense you're wrong.