They said the same thing after last season. Yet, JP was never even close to his old self this year. I won't believe it until I see it.
None of us will. But there are no #1's available this offseason, certainly not in our budget, but Patterson was one in 2005, and if there's a 20% chance of getting there again, he's worth the risk. Sign him cheap, don't count on him, but we might get lucky.