At the start of the season, I had such great hopes for this team. Henne was poised to breakout, we had a nice receiver corps and an elite defense, we added a marquis running back with gamebreaking skills, and we had a pretty good draft. All the elements were in place for us to succeed.
Even back then, there was a fan contingent on the Andrew Luck bandwagon. I didn't pay any attention, because I didn't think we needed him. We would continue to improve this season, and show the NFL that there are more than two great teams in the AFC East. I couldn't relate to people that were hoping for a high draft pick that early.
Yeah, that didn't work out.
Now it's only September, but I am finally resigned to giving up on this season, and using the opportunity to put ourselves in the position to be a powerhouse for years to come. I've bought in to the hype, and am firmly on the Luck bandwagon.
And now I can't relate to the fans who want us to win more games this season. We could have gone out and found someone better than Sage Rosenfels to start for us, someone better than Matt Moore; we could fire Tony and find an interim coach to light a fire under this team. But what would that do? We wouldn't make the playoffs anyway, and we'd just get worse draft picks. We would not be putting ourselves in a position to improve.
Now I am actually excited to see how many games we can lose this year. For the rest of the season, I'll be on the edge of my seat, hoping we don't win, and watching the other teams in the "Suck Division" to see if they will pass us. It'll be fun.
Don't get me wrong. I don't believe we should tank games to get a high draft pick. But I don't think we need to, either. We're pretty bad. We should be using this time to test out and develop our younger players to see what we already have, and what we need to upgrade next year. Despite the play this year, there's a lot of talent on this team, and I think the addition of Luck will make a huge difference, along with upgrades on the o-line, TE, and safety positions. And coaching staff.
I just think it's weird that my attitude has turned completely 180 degrees in the other direction in only five short weeks. Anybody else feel this way?