There are no stats for almost wins. Until we beat them the Seahwaks own our ass. I feel like if we can beat them 1 time that's the last mental hurdle to being a championship team. They are like the Bad boy Piston Team to our Bulls. When we finally beat them it's gonna be beautiful. ESPECIALLY IN THAT STADIUM....
So you want to wait till we win against a "legit" team before you are all in? You are the definition of a bandwagon fan. Matter of fact you are worse than a bandwagon fan... If that's what you are waiting for just pick a team that has "legit" wins then support them.
I agree with your post mostly. I think its not that simple. Position/Team Depth: For instance I think position plays a huge roll. QB is much more team effecting than WR. However another QB can come in and win if the gap isn't so huge. Using us as an example with Derek Anderson, or recently Josh McCown played well enough to win. Luke Kuechly isn't missed as much due to the fact that Klein isn't so much of a drop off. KB isn't missed as much due to the fact that as in Ginn isn't remotely as effective, his speed /play this year makes the loss not seem as bad. Flip side, everyone missed Jordan Gross because the huge disparity between his play and Bell at LT. Norwell is so much better than Silatolu that he seems like he is going to the hall of fame. Team Philosophy: If you are a defensive juggernaut, then losing key players on the offense won't hurt as much as a losing a key defensive player. Coaching: I think this is the most important aspect. As the salary cap, better scouting, and better player development in the college/highschool games develop, I think the gap in talent isn't huge anymore for any team. Certain teams are competitive regardless of injury/suspension of personnel. Its coaching. Coaching for situation, preparing better than everyone else makes the difference. I watched that special on the patriots and they talked about how they practiced for that last defensive play in the Superbowl so many times. I don't necessarily feel confident that we would have. But I could be wrong. In conclusion, yes some players are more valuable. Some players are rated based on how big the gap between that player and the player behind him. Some players are just valued more by because their backups or the players they replaced sucked so bad.
Over all good post man. Keep the good ones coming.