Many of you have been suggesting that we should not be expected to win because we have new coaches - and new coaches need time to win.
I looked up every coach in the league with 5 years of tenure or less to see how well they did in their first year.
Nearly half of these coaches are making the playoffs in the first year. And several of these were complete turnarounds.
New coaches in 2011 are 9-7 so far.
Another myth BUSTED!
Mike Smith 2008 Atlanta Falcons - 11-5 *
Ken Whisenhunt 2007 Cardinals - 8-8
John Harbaugh - 2008 Ravens - 11-5 *
Jason Garrett - 2010 Cowboys - 5-3
Jim Schwartz 2009 Lions 2-14
Jim Caldwell 2009 Colts 14-2*
Todd Haley 2009 Chiefs 4-12
Tony Sparano 2008 Dolphins 11-5 *
Leslie Frazier Minn 2010 3-3
Rex Ryan 2009 Jets 9-7 *
Mike Tomlin 2007 Pitt 10-6*
Steve Spagnuolo 2009 Rams 1-15
Raheem Morris 2009 Bucs 3-13
Mike Munchak 2011 Titans 3-1
Jim Harbaugh 2011 49ers 3-1
Hugh Jackson 2011 Raiders 2-2
Ron Rivera 2011 Panthers 1-3
It is definitely not that simple. If you think it's a myth that a new coach has a harder time than other coaches then you're trying to hard too temper the optimism. Some people are so frustrated from fox, they are afraid that if we give Rivera any praise when trying to put together a winning team then he'll turn into Fox. It's obvious we're not going to be a bad team but it will take some time to be competitive.