Originally Posted by Boone
To be fair, CC was merely assessing those odds - he didn't create them. The issue I have had less to do with the 6.5 win bar set for the Redskins than the lack of consideration that the Redskins might well be trending upward in the NFC East and be capable of a breakout season in near future.
Boone, in my online travels throughout the league I have noticed an "image" a "mindset" defining the Redskins among NFL fans as well as sports media that has been formed based on the performance of the team, coaching staffs, and F.O. over the past dozen years or so. Every move the Redskins make-free agency, draft, coaching changes, player trades, and the like are viewed from the perspective of this "image". And the image? One of incompetence, free-spending, coaching carousels, overpaid free agents, sloppy drafting, inept front office maneuvers, and this image in the minds of those observing from this perspective, is justified by the Redskins chronic in-season under-achievement. Moves such as acquisitions of players that, from what might be called a more "objective" perspective, are moves that bode well for the future are viewed skeptically based on this entrenched "image" accurate or inaccurate as it may be.
We Redskins fans understandably get riled when a football media "pundit" disses a move we see as putting us on, or closer to, being on the track toward success but I don't think getting this image scoured from their heads is going to happen until the on-the-field performance becomes consistently good over more than one season. It's gonna be painful, but until the Redskins start having 9-7 or better winning seasons, 3 or more division wins, and at least a threat of a Wild Card appearance this lack of respect from the "sports pundits" no matter how uninformed and inaccurate it is will, in my estimation, be something we'll just have to grit our teeth and put up with.