Show me where I missed something. In Brady's early years they won with a good defense and the running of Antowain Smith and Corey Dillon (when Smith was let go). Then there was the year when pretty much their whole defensive backfield was out and they had to play Troy Brown at DB. Brady became the Brady we know (and you worship) about 2006. They'd won three SBs by then. Hell, they won 11 games with Matt Cassel at QB and won 3 of 4 this season during Brady's suspension. The only constant has been Belichick.