Take a look at a few teams who made quantum leaps in terms of record and competiveness this year alone. Chicago last year 5-11 this year 10-4 so far. Division winner. Cincinnatti last year 8-8 this year 11-3 so far. Division winner. NY Giants last year 6-10 this year 10-4 so far. Division winner. Tampa Bay last year 5-11 this year 9-5 so far. Through out the (recent) years. New England 2000 5-11 next year Superbowl champs St. Louis 1998 4-12 next year Superbowl champs Baltimore 1999 8-8 next year Superbowl champs Indianapolis 1997 3-13 next year 13-3 NY Jets 1996 1-15 next year 9-7 San Diego 2003 4-12 next year 12-4 Philly 1999 5-11 next year 11-5 This is not a slam BP thread only to show that it is not unrealistic for expectations to change drastically from one year to the next. It is also not unrealistic to expect massive improvement from year to year. In the era of FA that is often how teams reach the next level. Building projects are not typically 5 years long where you expect to go from cellar dweller 3-13, 5-11, 8-8, 10-6, then 13-3. That is not the way the NFL works, it would appear to me that the massive quantum leap is becoming more the norm than the build it for five year plan. I think this might account for the expectations on this board to be a higher than some think it should be.