This isn't 1975. Teams don't rebuild.
They reload and refresh, and try to win every year. The moves at offensive line were thought by our management to improve a weak spot on the team almost immediately (or at least not downgrade them short-term, while capturing upside).
About the only thing that can look more like an 'old school' rebuild is when a rookie QB is drafted and starts. Even then, the focus in today's NFL is still to try and compete for playoffs (witness Indy, Skins and Seattle). No owner or GM is happy in today's NFL if the team isn't competing for the playoffs every single year, regardless of player turnover.
The Patriots regularly dump players and reload continuously, and they aren't rebuilding. Compare their players this year to 3-4 years ago. How many are the same?
Anyone who thinks that Jerry and Jason thought we were 'rebuilding' the past two years when we have aging top players like Ware, Romo, Witten etc. is absolutely wrong.
And anyone trying to use the theory that we were/are rebuilding as an excuse for Garrett not fielding a better team is embarrassing themselves. None of the Garrett supporters were saying this is a 'rebuilding year' at the start of the season - none of the supporters expected to go 6-10 and miss the playoffs. Although the OP and a couple of the responses haven't come out and used this as an excuse directly, it is pretty obvious why this topic was brought up.
Man up, Garrett hasn't done a good job so far. It doesn't mean you have to think he should be fired. I understand the POV of some that want to give him more time, but he has clearly under delivered so far.
Last edited by goshan : 11-28-2012 at 09:16 AM.