Pudge Wrote "
And that right there is exactly what I'm talking about. You're not judging Mike Smith based on the standard of his peers, you're judging him based on a historical standard that is largely irrelevant.
Yes we've finally reached where we differ!! Historical standard is irrelevant?? Its not just a Coach, its a Gm, an owner, the influence the past brings toward the present? If its irrelevant why is Buffalo; Cowboys, well hell, why name them, every lousy team usually stay lousy and most of the few consistent consistent winners always usually winning?
I'm talking past the days when you could buy a team; but its no different from people. You come from the ghetto its harder to get out; if your born into wealth its also harder to get out.
Why don't the bottom teams break out and stay on top? Why do the top teams stay on top regardless of head coaches?? Its because it takes time; and more time than most owners are willing to give.
If you don't think the franchise history has probably about 70% of the reason's it takes extra time it takes to build a great franchise starting from crap then you just haven't been around long enough!!
Mike Smith is just now after 4 postseason's and us being in 3 of them; he is just now shedding the image of loser. Yes in the past just being in the hunt for playoffs was good enough because we never achieved that. Now Blank has a Gm and Coach both on the same page that a playoff win is necessary for success.
And then it will be Superbowl.
It just takes a long time and only about 10% of all franchises are considered elite!!
We're getting close to above average; but going forward you must have an owner that understands history. Rome wasn't born in a day and wasn't ruined in a day -- neither was the Us.
The history of everything and its present leadership influences its success; and the speed of that success or failure. Only know it take twice as long to get there and a quarter of the time to lose it all.
The people you mention Aundrey Bruce, Mike Vick, or Jeff George were all tied to coaches not our orgaization. Bruce to Gm from Oakland that also got us Jeff George; Vick was actually tied to blank and you can't win that way.
Today I do not feel Ryan is tied to Smith, or Thomas D. Nor Turner to Thomas D. For the first time in 40 years this franchise is working as a group; an owner, a Gm with a department and a Coach tied to his GM 50-50. This has taken this franchise 45 years to learn and likewise for most of the other franchises. Well Most have not learned it. That's why most Coaches are fired way to early if they show they can win. The winning coaches in the post season usually have the better players; at least how I feel about the Falcons. I feel the Falcons
& Blank got it 5 years ago, but its easy to want to revert to your instant success, which means long term failure.(Again)
Now go study that with an open mind and you'll see that its true even
if its not what you want to believe!!
That's all my info on this topic.