My personal opinion is the hallmark for a team is the NFC Championship game. Landry said he tries to stay close and get into that game. Then you can pop through every few years and have a chance at the prize. To grade a coach on this criteria is harsh his first couple of years. But making the play-offs is imperative. Once a coach has established he can lead a team to the play-offs, the expectation is the NFC Championship game. The escalate to the Super Bowl. That should be the five year plan for every coach brought in to lead this team. With Garrett, his third year at 8-8 would get him fired with this plan. I understand there are extenuating circumstances which can derail a season. Cap space, injury, age of team. But I also believe making and accepting excuses is how you get to 23 years of nothing. I agree with so much of your original post. Once again, great work.