Current State: They're 10-3. They're a playoff team once again.
Past State: "The New England Patriots hold the longest active consecutive playoff streak with 10 appearances, starting with the 2009–10 NFL playoffs, which is the longest of all-time. The Patriots have won three Super Bowls during this streak."
Future: Remains to be seen. I hope they fall off of a cliff.
I will preface this by saying I do not think it will happen(even though it should). But, I can imagine a scenario where JB is cut. IF we draft a QB high and we truly make it an open competition in camp between JB, Rookie, CK ... I don't think it is far fetched to think JB would be the 3rd best QB. I don't expect them to truly go open competition though, the loyalty & leadership factor won't allow it.