The team is not as good as you think it is... even on paper. The D-line is not good, the DBs are not good, two of our LBs are coming off injury, we don't run it like we used to, the O-line is average, our WRs are average at best after Smitty. Not too sure what paper you've been reading, but it obviously was printed in Carolina blue ink.
THIS is exactly the kind of team breakdown that I did NOT see in abundance in the preseason. It was more like "we got Luke in case TD doesn't work out." "We got plenty of wide receivers and do not need to consider any of the big name free agents for the money." "Our pass rush is going to be improved enough so that it may shelter our rookie corner if he beats out Mun and Hogan."
This is what I was fishing for and it proves the point behind a lot of my posts the last couple weeks. When we lose NOW all of a sudden our players are garbage or below average and whatever.
Who the hell have you seen play to their potential this year YET? The list is short if you can even come up with the first name to start it. And I am not talking about what I believe their potential to be or what some guru says or what it says on the back of their rookie Topps. I am basing this off of what I have seen these guys do. I give everyone a sub-par grade on effort thus far. To me that is much worse than a sub-par grade by some talent scout or draft analyst. You lose but bust yer ass and play like we all have seen you play before, fine. That's a whole other bag of chips to choke down in the loser's lounge. But you get beat and look like you are going through the motions, not mentally prepared, not confident, not buying in to the program, or just plain half-assing all over the place then you get the vitriol. And you deserve it.
Not one of us in here can say that person is a good fan or a bad fan. Everybody picks up on different things. I'm not pissed because we are losing. I'm disgusted because we have not shown up for the season yet. A season that I still believe HAD a lot of promise.
The catch 22 though now is that when we see them sputter to life (longshot) the only thing we will be able to say is "where the f-ck where you clowns 5-8-13 weeks ago?" These guys will not grow together, mesh, or bond throughout this season. They did that last season and at camp. They have had time for all that emotional garbage. THIS was the year to get back into the playoffs. THIS F-CKING YEAR RIGHT HERE!
The one thing I can say for sure is that the players, coaches, office, and any fans that agree somewhat with the sentiment explained here will all be saying the same thing at the end of this season if they are not saying it already. "oh what could have, should have been"