Get outa my head!
I've learned to just roll with it but it's been pretty aggravating this year, even with low expectations going in.
Fascinating thread, I kept getting to a point that I'd say "yea I feel that way too" only to read on and flip flop a bit again. I think there is plenty of criticism to go around but I think -as has already been mentioned- that knowing their actual plan going in is essential in order to analyze critically.
If they knew this was a wholesale rebuild that was going to take several years of key purges coupled with acquisitions, then I'd have to say that so far it's been going relatively well, with some exceptions like the 3-4 switch and the Haynesworth saga. I thought we'd be lucky to go 8-8 this year so while it's been painful at times, it's nothing too shocking.
I have to agree with the sentiment that there is no excuse for the 3-4 drama though, and I was one who was scratching my head when they did it...take a top 5 D(or close to it for about the last decade) and completely scrap it for a trendy system that we have exactly zero players suited for...yea it makes tons of sense.
Spin it however you want with things about last year's D being like a sieve when it mattered, that sieve at key times D NEVER came close to setting the all time record for most points allowed in a half. Like a jackass I stayed through that crap for 3 1/2 quarters. I thought the Giants loss a few years ago was bad but this was the most embarrassed I've ever been as a fan of ANY team. No excuse...NONE. Haslett should have been canned after that game...we freakin beat that team in game one in their house and sorry but I don't buy the fluke stuff based on how that game went down. We brought it and punched em in the mouth!
I might have missed it if it's already been mentioned, I skimmed a few posts but I would also like to point out that swollen ego or not Mike Shanahan probably recognized early on how pathetically soft this team was and that it needed a serious disciplinary kick in the ass. The AH thing went a bit far but even now in retrospect I still have to give Shanahan an "atta boy". This team still
needs that disciplinarian approach. I swear the Norvaless Norv Club Med, no accountability aura has sunken into the very fibers of the Uniforms...so it's going to take more of this for probably a few more years before the culture of losing and stealing a paycheck are gone once and for all. Maybe that's an aspect to Shanny's approach that isn't being taken into account nearly enough. Remember, until now ANY player could go run to the owner, the buck DIDN'T stop with the HC...only way that changes is with a real hardass, SOB approach from a coach who has the juice to back it up.
I'm willing to wait a few more years before I jump ship and start calling for heads...I did it for that twat Spurrier, it's the least I can do for a guy who's actually a proven commodity on this level and widely regarded by his peers as a Coaching/offensive phenom.