We could blame injuries over 1999, 2003 and 2005's result,...but when there's teams like the Patriots that appear to be decimated by the hurt bug and they continue winning,...there just is no excuse whatsoever for injuries.
You're right. Injuries are the X factor when it comes to teams losing. You can guarantee it every year. Some playoff-caliber team is going to be decimated by injury this year, and wind up picking in the Top 10 in the draft next year. A few good examples from last year of teams that were decimated by injury: Jets, Eagles, Packers, and Rams. All were teams that were playoff caliber at the beginning of the season. The Eagles especially.
I realize that losing Vick, Dunn, Brooking, or Hall, or any one of our elite players to injury would mean a big dropoff in talent, but besides TE, OL, DE, and S, I feel pretty good about our depth at the other positions on the roster. Those 4 positions IMO would mean huge dropoffs in production at those positions.
I also think PB that we're at the point in the off-season where it's almost over. People tend to reflect on the thing as a whole. You look back over the past 3 months and see what you did and what you didn't do. And people tend to focus more what you didn't do. Short of a few mini-camp injuries or 1 or 2 veteran additions, this is basically the team we're going into training camp with, and give or take 3-5 other moves made at the end of camp, we basically have a good idea of what the meat of our opening day roster will be.
And I think as a Falcon fan, in general, people tend to focus on the weaknesses. Because in the past as you outlined, too often we've seen weaknesses overshadow our strengths come the regular season.
It's just a boring time in the off-season. Last May the only moves we made were signing a handful of undrafted free agents, which is minimal at best. It's just so boring, that I think as a way to distract themselves, people tend to get a bit overly-negative.
I'm not saying people shouldn't be allowed to be negative. Say you want to say, and be who you want to be. But there is a certain point when you've crossed into that negativity for negativity's sake realm. And that's when you trash McKay or Blank. You don't have to be in love with the guys, but to imply that either is making this team worse is just crazy.