In response to wozzy's comment:
.. because they will be tougher, more battle hardened and playoff seasoned.
Offensively the tightend unit of Gronk, Ballard, Huey and Fells if they keep him will be the most physical TE unit in the NFL. This will allow Hernandez to stick to fullback and wide receiver where he is a mismatch for the entire NFL. Our offense will be bigger, more physical and tougher.
Defense will need one more draft to round it out. Another D tackle either the draft or via free agency would help greatly. If we could get a unit of Wilfork, player x, Love and Deaderick this would mean we could ply more three man fronts like the Ravens do and like we used to do, this would make us more stout upfront and allow Chandler and Francis to play end and outside linebacker at times. This would also allow Nincovich to go back to a more traditional outside linebacker position opposite Hightower, leaving Spikes and Mayo inside with a lot of room to roam with a bigger front in between them and the opposing O line.
In short we have to get bigger, tougher, meaner and hungrier to win, hopefully this season will give us ammo to finish Brady's career in the way it should finish. We've been finesse for too long, expecting that to change in one season or two was probably unrealistic. Next season can't come soon enough... bring on the draft.
We also have that young running back he made a few electrifying runs in the pre-season or first game of the year before he was injured and put on the IR. The nucleus of this team is a bit older but basically this team is still very young and last year was supposed to be a rebuilding of sorts. BB rebuilds on the fly while this team always contends and so many don't appreciate it. As mentioned there are so many other other teams in the NFL that would love to be as bad as the Pats.