Fuzz, it won't take that long. We're seriously close to being a playoff contender. We get everybody back healthy next year and pick up a couple good picks or free agents, we're looking at a playoff run as early as next year. 4 losses, 22 points. That has been the difference this year. We're THAT close. To say that our best bet for next year is 8-8 is ridiculous.
I'm not so sure, but certainly could be right. I just look at the division that we play in, and the possible inability to go after "key" FA's next season (huge contracts this season) as to why it may take two years.
In our division the Saints and the Falcons both have jump on us. They are both able to concentrate on surrounding Brees and Ryan with talent on both the D and O sides. We can do that now, but are a couple of years behind.
I would sing in the street if we are a playoff team next year, but would also not be too upset if we go 8-8.
My biggest point, it seems that the ship has a rudder, I have not been so sure of that in the past.