I think they're elite. Even if we have a let down in the playoffs, we're elite, which I don't think is going to happen, BTW.
I also don't think this is 1996 Redux, because we played in two playoff games last year, winning one. In 96 we hadn't been to the playoffs in three years, and hadn't won one in five. So much of the team had turned over from even the previous year that we were inexperienced.
This team is largely intact except that we've added a HOF QB. We'll be ready for our playoff run.