Any lapse in talent we have is attributed to the former GM/the contracts we doled out circa 2010. You can't look at our salary cap situation these past two years and expect the results we've seen. We are 3-3-1 and defending NFC South Champions. If you're not pleased with what Gettleman has been able to accomplish with financial handcuffs on, you just don't pay enough attention to salary cap and finances in sports. And that's fine. This year we've had what, 70 million worth of contracts on the bench for 3 wins? The list of teams that can pull that off is ridiculously and undeniably short. Look, we all want wins, every week, all the time. But with the financial situation/salary cap in leagues, it's built for parity. To be able to build a consistent winner, you need value. I'd say if you look at our roster and contributors, that's exactly the best word to describe what we've got at most positions (only BECAUSE we are paying so much towards Stewart, Hardy, Williams). Players like Olsen, Davis, Kuechly, Cam have been ridiculously good value as far as providing star power at great prices. The cheaper guys we've gotten, as a whole, have done their part as well and that's why we've been in the position we have. Some of those guys got a raise (none of which have really performed well enough to prove they were deserving of it which I think is another thing you can attribute to both coaching and smart GMing) and moved on, and we filled those spots the best we could given the talent and resources available. We ALL knew WR, OL and secondary were going to be relatively glaring weaknesses on an otherwise strong team. I think that 2 of those 3 groups have performed above expectations as a whole.
We have a 2012 undrafted free agent starting at Tackle who was playing TE/DL in college. I think it's reasonable to think that Clay Matthews will make him look like bad on occasion. I think all in all he's been serviceable for the value. That's all you can ask. We don't have the resources to upgrade that position at this time without sacrificing others. All in all I just think if you look at where the money is at on this roster it's nice to be where we are. I attribute that to the GM and the coach and the players.
I would like to see them improve and get back to the status of last year. One or two players can make a significant difference or contribution but they can't be the difference in a complete overhaul/destruction or progression of anything. So our defense, in my eyes, doesn't have an excuse. We need to start with a more effective pass rush, our corners need to play the effin ball, and we need to be able to effectively implement our offensive gameplan and run the ball to set up everything Cam and our offense is capable of. Still, if you would have told me we would have been without Hardy, Stewart and Williams for most/all of the season I would be ok with where we are. Our record is respectable from any time or perspective you look at it, it just hasn't been necessarily pretty getting there. The fact is we are in a decent spot. We were 3-3 at this point last year. Our division is reeling and ripe for the taking. With a game in hand on TB and normally unbeatable-in-domes teams struggling to win anywhere, I think we'll be just fine going forward if we can fix what I think are entirely fixable issues.
Sometimes you've just got to slow it down and look at it logically. I'll give you an example. Let's say someone was accused of a misdemeanor crime for which the most severe punishment he could incur, by rule, would be a suspension of 6 games. Let's say he's missed 6 games. Logic says he should come back and you (90% of the universe) say "well if he's found guilty, he would have already served his maximum suspension. If he's innocent, then we're all a bunch of fugging stupid assholes."