Honestly don’t think that the Fords are stopping this team winning. There’s been a whole myriad of things over the last 10-15 years...
- last top draft choices before the reformed rookie pay scale
- The team that went to Dallas in the playoffs had a great D, but the team was hamstrung by a poor offensive coordinator in Lombardi who ended up leaving the year after. Opportunity missed.
- Ownership was too conservative before Martha took the reigns.
- Difficult division that has had Rodgers in it for a decade and a Vikings team that has been very good under Zimmer for five odd years now. We had games against the Packers to win the division where we fell just short, and also played and beat the Vikings several times over the last 5 years.
I think you could have swapped us into several other divisions and across the last ten years we would have probably have hosted playoff games and won. No excuses, we have played in a tough division, had quite a few years where we had good teams but ultimately we came up just short every time.
I can see why Quinn moved on from Caldwell, he said 9-7 wasn’t good enough, what he didn’t expressly say was that we would better 9-7 immediately. Just that Caldwell had reached his limit and this is something I agree with.
I agree with Quinn bringing in his guy that he felt, if given time, wouldn’t top out at 9-7 and a rod playoff game. If his choice isn’t correct then yes that will be on him and he will have to pay for it eventually, however, I’m perfectly happy to call this season a wash and give Patricia next season at least....
Patricia/Quinn seem to have gone outside their circle made a very good offensive coordinator decision. Don’t forget how well the O was doing under Stafford. I want to see Pasqualoni go end of this year and have Patricia/Quinn do their due diligence and bring in a new DC with some fresh ideas to add to the mix.
Teams always have injuries, but our D has been absolutely cremated by them this year. We never came close to playing our preferred front 7 this season. Our top CB has been injured erratic. There’s depth and then there’s having to play 3rd and 4th stringers off the street. Add that to the now Staffordless O and stick a fork in us.
Im not saying the current staff is definitely the answer but I’m willing to let it play out a while further. Constantly changing staffs is as bad and unhelpful as intransigence and sticking with a staff too long.
Vikings are entering cap hell next year I think. I’m not convinced the Packers are all that and as I suspected The Bears are not the all domineering team they were last season. If we get our #### together, get healthy on D and just keep doing what we were doing with Stafford, there is a chance it could turn around