Let's look closer at the 2008 season fans endlessly troop out to show the brilliance of BB without Brady.
Who did we play, and who did the rest of the division play?
In 2007 the rest of the division had a combined 12 wins in 2007.
They had a combined 22 wins in 2009.
But they had a combined 27 wins in 2008.
So, either the other division teams collectively were better in 2008 than they were in the previous or subsequent years, or the 2008 division schedule was easier.
Exactly who did we play in 2008?
W - Chiefs - Final record: 2-14 (score 17-10)
W - jets - Final record: 9-7 (score 19-10)
L - Dolphins - Final record: 11-5 (score 38-13)
W - 49ers - Final record: 7-9 (score 30-21)
L - Chargers - Final record: 8-8 (score 30-10)
W - Broncos - Final record: 8-8 (score 41-7)
W - Rams - Final record: 2-14 (score 23-16)
L - Colts - Final record: 12-4 (score 18-15)
W - Bills - Final record: 7-9 (score 20-10)
L - jets - Final record: 9-7 (score 34-31)
W - Dolphins - Final record: 11-5 (score 48-28)
L - Steelers - Final record: 12-4 (score 33-10)
W - Seahawks - Final record: 4-12 (score 24-21)
W - Raiders - Final record: 5-11 (score 49-26)
W - Cards - Final record: 9-7 (score 47-7)
W - Bills - Final record: 7-9 (score 13-0)
Our out of division opponents had a combined record of 69 - 91.
One fourth of our schedule was against teams that finished a combined 13-52.
We lost to every team with winning records that we played except the Cardinals, who had clinched the playoffs (including splits with fish and jets).
Even against this cake schedule, we won 5 less games than the previous year.
Not only did we miss the playoffs, but lost the division to the previously 1-15 Dolphins.
Tell me again how awesome 2008 was.