If Clausen was playing better.. we wouldn't have needed Cam.
It doesn't matter your record once your in the playoffs. Maybe the team finally puts it together . It matters how hot you are in the playoffs, that's it.
Baltimore lost 4 of their last 5 games won it all.
Giant's 9-6 and lost 4 of 5 in that season as well.
Arizona was 9-7 and beat the breaks off our 12-4 team went to the superbowl and almost won.
Do I think this is a Superbowl winning team? Nope.
However if we make the playoffs we have a 1 in 12 shot.
So would I take a 1 in 12 chance to win the superbowl or a 0 % chance of winning the superbowl and who knows if my draft picks would make us a good enough team to make it the next year as well.
I'll take playoffs everytime.
Not really since it could have been a Dilfer situation where the QB play mattered little but the rest of the team carried and ultimately failed causing us to miss out on Cam.
As for Baltimore they also made tough calls and changed OCs, which took guts and was clearly a championship caliber move.(something that would have helped us IMO)
The Giants never had a losing record that year so even through their losing stretch it was never as bad as it was for us.
Same thing with the Cardinals in 2008 they never had a losing record.
So those two teams were never complete shitters like the Panthers are this year.
Sure it's possible we could make a run and get hot, but that's highly unlikely and just making the playoffs doesn't give you a flat 1 in 12 chance to win...that's not how Prob and Stats work and it's not some lottery drawing but I'm not going to teach math trying to explain that.
I'm not saying I'm rooting for losses or anything but logically and mathematically it's really not as stupid or "terrible fanish" as a few are trying to say. There have been confirmed and admitted practices of tanking, especially in basketball and you'd be crazy to think that making the playoffs with a losing record in the east and missing out on someone like a LeBron would be the better option. Now football is the ultimate team sport and 1 person doesn't mean nearly as much as in basketball but the idea is the same.