Posted 05 January 2013 - 08:55 PM
Here's the thing about expecting this year to have been a playoff season: 2010 took away much of the leadership and depth we had. Besides that, this team is hysterically historically awful at drafting wide receivers, defensive tackles, and seems to not care about early cornerbacks, and generally refuses to make a free agency impact beyond scrubs and bottom-feeders. Until we improve our depth, and that has to happen through the draft, how in the world could we compete against teams like Green Bay or Seattle?
I've yelled at PantherTrain in many threads this season for wanting us to have a higher draft pick, because I'm sick to death of losing seasons. I'm sick of the mentality that high draft picks are what's more important than, worse case scenario, a .500 record.
But dammit, we have to fix our depth, and while part of me hoped Kalil's ad would come true, I just didn't think we'd have the depth necessary to accomplish that. Obviously, I was right, and I hope we never get as injury-riddled at offensive line again. It was miserable.
Here's the thing with building depth: it takes time. For everyone who's excited about the potential of this team, we're probably another draft or two away from having something, and it doesn't help that the 2011 draft largely busted. Many of us want to get out of this rut of having 14 losing seasons, but that won't happen until we can get better backups, and I really hope Rivera tracks down a copy of Clock Management for Dummies. That, and Chud being forcefed I-formation running plays until he has Total Recall-style nightmares about them would do wonders for this team: we all witnessed how much better the defense became once we controlled TOP, and how much better the running backs were as well.
Regardless of depth, regardless of coaching style, regardless of the draft: I can't give up on this team. They've been a part of my life for too long, and it feels like we're just on the cusp of turning the corner. I truly hope that corner comes in 2013.