Originally Posted by junk
It is a broken system, that's for sure.
Just look at the final four this year. Strong front offices, strong coaching and solid QB play. I think Dallas has the last. The first is a shortcoming and I'm on the fence on coaching (although it is no where near the level of Baltimore, SF or NE). Absolutely have to get better offensively though.
First, you have an interesting definition of solid QB play... I mean, if you include Flacco, then there are only like a dozen teams that DON'T have solid QB play.
To reinforce, looking back a few years, didn't Sexy Rexy start a Super Bowl? Hasn't Flacco been to multiple conference title games? Wasn't Alex Smith a muffed punt away from a Super Bowl? Didn't Tim Tebow and T.J. Yates take teams to the final eight last year?
Second, although this year it was not the case, it's normal for crummy coaches to be deep into the playoffs. John Fox was within spitting distance of the final four this year; Mike Tomlin has a ring. Both are Jason Garrett level awful.
Third, I agree we need a strong front office, but don't necessarily agree with your assessment that ours is weak... How do you even evaluate a front office? We've mostly had quality draft picks lately. Is anyone dissatisfied with Claiborne, Smith, Dez, or Spencer? Or is this one of those tautological things, where we must have a good front office to contend, but can only have a good front office by contending?