I thought about making a similar thread upon watching the replay of our game on NFLN that used the Patriots broadcast. Man, they are shameless in their homerism. It pissed me off in comparison to ours,because we're so fuging ho-hum and friendly. The Pats broadcasters are relentless! They sounded like our game day threads. Every play up for discussion, according to their broadcast, we did something dirty, tried to injure someone, took a cheap shot, the refs bailed us out, the refs didn't give the replay its due because clearly the Pats were just jipped. Whereas our broadcasts seem like we're trying to be fair to both teams and we don't want to offend anyone.
This is football, not politics. PLEASE DO OFFEND THE OPPOSITION. They are our enemy until the outcome is decided. I kind of think this attitude permeates everything related to our franchise culture, from the very top, to our local media (as displayed in this thread), all the way to the fans, and explains why I lot of fans feel they can disrespect us on our home turf. I love Mr. Richardson, but I feel we are just way too accommodating.
And that is the point at the core of this thread. Every year, even the last two "successful" seasons, we weren't as successful as we should've been because Rivera gives away roster spots and playing time because he likes guys not for what they do, but who they are. That's an admirable quality outside of professional football, but not within it. Each of the last two seasons we lost games we shouldn't have, especially early, because Rivera played guys that didn't earn it and then eventually, he was forced to make those moves by extenuating circumstances out of his control.