we are going to play much better teams next year, and the issues that were our downfall this season (terrible defensive line, coaching on the defensive side of the ball) will still be there.
I didn't realize that the free agency period, the draft, training camp and preseason had already passed by. Man, that was quick.
Let's keep in mind that going into the 2008 season we thought that our toughest opponents would be the Chargers, Packers, and the Giants, since all 3 played in their respective conference championships last year. Only one of those was correct. And we could go ahead and put 2 wins in the column against the Falcons with their rookie quarterback and team that was left in shambles. How did that work out? Being 9-7 was enough to win the NFC South in 2007 for Tampa Bay....getting the same record in 2008 was good enough for third place and 3 games back in the division, along with the firing of their Super Bowl winning head coach.
Surely there was no reason to think that the Patriots who went 16-0 in 2007 were not going to cruise to an AFC East title over a division where the second best Bills won 7 games...and no chance in hell that the 1-15 Dolphins were going to end up doing anything but bringing up the rear of the division in 2008. And the list goes on and on...