Re: The Patriots after they stopped cheating.
I shouldn't say average, they were definitely a good team. However, after years of cheating and winning, it's amazing how many good players will join your squad at a discount price. The Patriots were known throughout their success for not paying players (letting them walk if necessary), and getting great players to play for discount prices to be a part of a "winning" franchise.
Regardless of how much you think the cheating helped, you have to admit that it helped. I just think it's funny how quickly the NFL swept it under the rug; the fact that a 3-time NFL champ was found guilty of cheating during their Championship runs.