We were really never that good..
I heard a statistic that shocked me. We were behind in all eight wins that we had this year.... I understand that is some kind of record. What does that tell you? We really were never that good.
Now, this is not meant to be a negative post, but if we take notion that we had the top 5 defense before the injuries hit, then in the second half of the season, our offense began to click, top 6 I belive, with the emergence of Dez, and some offensive line jellying....You get the felling we have the makings of a better team.
Also, we are drafting better. If you start looking at our draft 2012, Clairborne played really well as a rookie, and Hanna looks to be a keeper.. Crawford which played a good bit and Wilber which did not play as much were more developmental type prospects. Going back to 2011, with Smith, Carter, Murray, Harris and Bailey (undrafted), all looked to very solid contributors. 2010 looks strong with Dez and Lee - two superstars... Lissamore as a backup....
Am I frustrated with the loss, yep, but stepping back and looking at the season and how it played out and the emergence of our younger players give me hope for next year....