Originally Posted by Hostile
Jeez, that's just ridiculous.
Parcells: "Hello men. We're shooting for mediocrity unless at Training Camp you really show me something. Then we'll adjust our thinking and raise our goals and expectations."
Once the season ends the goal is to get better. Once you start adding the better personnel expactations rise. Not just for the Head Coach and his staff. They rise everywhere.
To think that Dallas is not looking to be vastly improved with the personnel acquisitions of this off season is myopic at best. You can bet your bottom dollar that the goal upon the completion of last season was the playoffs this year. So far, everything they have done is pointed towards a return there.
[View Full Quote]The expectations started the day the season ended. You're trying to put your personal viewpoint on the situation and paint everyone into that box. Not going to happen. Sorry, you live in an "irrational and unacceptable" world.
Heh. It's funny that you use an expectation to justify the use of them. You would have made a better case if you said this:
"Hello men. It's the offseason training and conditioning programs. Last season is over with. You all start clean. We have nowhere to go but up so let's see what you have to offer."
No expectations. Just aspirations and potential.
After training camp:
"Hello men. Now that you have gotten yourselves back into a football frame of mind, I have come to expect that you give me everything you have every week. What you had before is no longer good enough."
You have expectations now based on what you've seen instead of what you're hoping to see.
That makes more sense. Of course offseason signings and the draft alter the perception of expectations, but they aren't expectations to begin with. They're clauses of conditionality. You think that:
"Ware was an explosive rusher in college. We expect that it'll carry over to the NFL."
That's an expectation based on previous events. Those mean nothing now.
While, it should be:
"Ware was an explosive rusher in college. We're hoping that he can elevate that talent to the NFL level."
That's an aspiration based on previous events but on the potential to see what he can do. Not on what he has already done.
I, personally, don't know if you don't get the logic behind it or not... but I think I've made the difference between an expectation and an aspiration clear.
It's up to you to accept it or not. Disappointment will come from expectations. A learning experience will come from aspiration.