Probably the worst Patriot season in recent memory.
Even 2008 wasn't as bad. At least in 2008 the team had an excuse for failing to meet expectations. There was no Tom Brady.
After the shock of seeing Brady keeled over on the ground in the first game of that season wore off, it became a pretty entertaining year. Who thought we would be watching Matt Cassel defy the odds and lead the team into playoff contention? It wasn't expected that the Patriots would do well, and that's what made it so fun when they did.
Yet, a year later. All those expectations changed when Brady came back. What did the team do? They fell flat. Who could've predicted that that team with Tom Brady back at the helm would finish with a record even worse (10-6) than the year before with Cassel (11-5).
Of course, the Patriots actually made it into the playoffs that year, but suffered their most humiliating defeat to date. A 33-14 beat down, at home no less, in which Tom Brady hit the ground three times, ...