But if you want to call it that then that's your prerogative.
I guess it depends on the use of the word lol
Ask yourself in the 2007 season, would you want to be 18-1? How much would you trade for a 19-0 season if you are in the brink of it? Would you rather make all the playoffs for the next 5 years or win that perfect season?
My only point is that if you put yourselves in a Patriots fan's shoes, you won't be happy with just making the playoffs for so many years, being so close and not winning the whole thing. I believe there will be more frustration than the frustration people feel now. I can honestly say I would be extremely frustrated and would have been depressed for a couple of days if we had a chance for a perfect season and squandered it and that that loss would have always lived with me. I'm glad we were not at the receiving end of that loss. And I have to admit, being the underdog and robbing them of the perfect season was such an amazing feeling. It makes me happy every time I think of it. :)
There is a disappointment because we don't make the playoffs every year, and that disappointment comes from the fact that we have two recent Super Bowls so people have high expectations. But hey it's so much better than be in a "given up" state or "acceptance" state where failure is just a norm and you suck it up. Like being an Eagles fan, I would say you probably have hopes (some high) start of every season, but when you ultimately fail to win that trophy, it's just business usual, and you're just able to accept it easily because there was never precedence of success. In other words, this could have been the dark days of the 90s for us, but it is not and we have higher expectations, thus probably more disappointment. If you do ask yourselves honestly, I don't think you'd like to be the Patriots fan for most of these last 10 years either because I don't know of any fan who will just be happy of making every playoffs and not winning one. I do think among all fans, we probably have the best experience these last few years because we've won two and made the best of our opportunities given how precarious our chances to get there in the first place. If you think there is another team who's had better than us in the last five years, lemme know. :)
Its obvious Gronk is the most important part of that team. WIth him they might be close to unstopable, without him they are average.