In response to joepatsfan111111's comment:
+1million to the last two posts...
and while I think the schedule was reallllly easy in 2008 and the Pats really didnt beat a good team it still was a good season..
The reason the Phins and Jets went 11-5 as well was bcz they got the same easy schedule and killed it too.
Cassel was great for being chucked into that role and BB did a great job keeping it afloat.
It doesnt bother me we didnt make the playoffs that season because they werent beating anyone with Cassel at QB and the Defense aging
You're right, Cassel did do a great job. I can't agree with your assessment that they didn't beat any good teams, however. They beat the Dolphins, who won our division, and they beat Arizona. Didn't Arizona go on to play in the Super Bowl?
It just gets really old, how people keep trying to find excuses for why the Patriots had a good record that year. Or, more specificially, why Cassel did as well as he did. According to many people, the team really wasn't that good. Well, if that's the case then shouldn't they have lost more of those games to those mediocre teams, being so "mediocre" themselves?
Then we have those who contend that it was really because of our defense that the team's record was as good as it was. That's interesting...in four out of their five losses the defense gave up 38, 30, 34, and 33 points. Even when TB is quarterbacking, most people would agree that the team would be lucky to win games with that many points being given up. By the way, the 38 points was to the Dolphins and the 34 was to the Jets.
For me, it all simply means that the team went 11-5. Had a very good season and just missed out on the playoffs. I remember feeling, that year, if they had made the playoffs that they could have had a shot at making it to the Super Bowl. They were playing very well, as the season drew to a close.