Missing the Playoffs this year may be a blessing in disguise. I know it is still too early to call but it appears this team struggles against quality opposition. My personal opinion was this team would struggle after Brady went down in game 1. I knew they would fight but struggle to compete against class opposition. I know people like BB and Bruschi won't give up but in the long run to miss the playoffs this year may benefit some players and coaches that have gone deep into the playoffs year after year. Some players (eg Vrabel) look tired and jaded so the longer rest may help re charge and re ignite the fire in them. It may also help BB giving him longer to fix the D and concentrate on Free agency and the draft planning for a full tilt assault on the Superbowl next year.