I don't know about you all, but as this week has crept along I've become nervous about how this team will react to all the distractions surrounding it.
But then I think back to how Rivera and Co. have handled adversity in the past.
After a disastrous 2-8 start to the 2012 season, which saw Hurney lose his job, Rivera was able to keep the locker room and win five out of six to end the season with a 7-9 record.
Last season it was more of the same. After a 1-3 start, many including myself were calling for Rivera's head. As we all know that is when Ron Rivera evolved into Calculated Risk-Taker Ron, and since then the team has won 13 of 14 games.
The strong finish to the 2012 season and the dominant streak that we see know is a testament to Coach Rivera and the leaders in the locker room.
Now here we are, after an unprecedented week of national media outlets grandstanding and lambasting the organization ahead of a rare Sunday Night Primetime home game, this organization will field its best team since 2003.
How do you expect the players to react? Do you think it'll be business as usual?
I don't. I expect Rivera to use this adversity as fuel. I expect to see complete and utter dominance from here on out. If there would be any hint of complacency after a hot start, that can go out the window now.
This team will be out for blood. Pittsburgh, you're on the clock.
How can you consider a team that was 4th in pts scored, 2nd in total yds, and the #1 running offense last year "streaky at best"? Especially since they have started off this year 1st in points and 1st in yards (although we are only going into week 3)?