Why is that? Because those teams have had stable front offices that were geared towards long-term building with the draft. Teams hit lulls constantly, but if you constantly have infused your team with talent via draft picks over a long period of time, you can ride those lulls out and still be competitive. Remember, in the year without Brady the Patriots were 11-5.
If/when the Falcons recommit to the draft, and actually start drafting well (which they have not done outside the 2008 draft), then this team can have the ability to ride out any lulls.
Cyril wrote:My point is from following the Falcons as long as anyone, I believe Coach Smith's 5 straight winning seasons in a row is as least as big as Shanahan or Belichick going to Super Bowls when their franchise is
use to it!! Our Franchise NEVER came close to winning five straight season's I believe 3 is tops and that was with no foundation.
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.
Again, he's out there competing against the Bill Belichick, Gary Kubiak, Pete Carroll, Sean Payton, John Harbaugh, Mike Shanahan, etc. These are the guys he's got to win against. And it feels like to me, you're basically saying that it doesn't really matter how Mike Smith compares to those guys. He doesn't have to really outperform those guys to keep his job, he just has to outperform Mora, Bennett, and Reeves.
The history of this team is part of the equation. But there's going to be a point where if Mike Smith continues to do what he's done, the 42 year history of the team prior to his arrival is going to be irrelevant. Because he's going to pile up 5, 6, 7, 8+ seasons of success, and then what? He's not building off the 42 year history, he's building off that 5-8 year history.
I'm not against being patient. But you can't be eternally patient. And I don't agree with you about how long it takes. I think 5-6 years is plenty of time to win a playoff game. And I don't prescribe to the idea that it's somehow all that different because we're the Falcons. This isn't like he took over Rutgers. It's a professional football team, and the rules installed over the past 15+ years have made it a parity-driven league, and thus the gap between who's the best team in the league and who's the worst team in the league isn't as huge as it once may have been. There's a statute of limitations for how long you can blame Jeff George, Michael Vick, and Aundray Bruce for your problems.