In response to LazarusintheSanatorium's comment:
In response to wozzy's comment:
Sht rolls down hill, great coaches and personel people find talent, not the other way around. A great talent can go to a bad organization and his career can end in a flash. Randy Moss can play for the Raiders and do nothing, the following year go to the Pats and blow up. A talent that needs to be nurtured can go to a great organization and they'll get the best out of them.
Everybody in the NFL is talented or else they wouldn't be there, over 1000 guys put their names into the draft every year, a small % make it. The difference between winning and losing isn't a 10th off a forty time, winning a Super Bowl isn't easy despite BB and his amazing collection of coaches from 2000-2004 making it seem so.
This isn't basketball where one player can alter everything about your team, this is football. Great coaches can pull great performances out of marginal players, great talent with no direction is just that... a team with potential.
I'm goin' with this ^.
Small example...Couple years back, I had Gabe Carimi as the OT that the Pats shoulda drafted as their #1 OT. Some people had Nate Solder...still others had that Boston College OT that went to The Colts. Carimi got drafted by the Bears...and this was for the '11-'12 year, the season when Chicago had ZERO starting caliber O-Linemen, the QB & Offense started the year on some sorta record sack pace. I followed Carimi ALL through this (he was manning the right side)...even the graphs and sack counts and from where...and Carimi SOLIDIFIED that Right side on a hopeless Chicago O-Line...Sacks up middle, Sacks on weakside, etc.. He WAS their pathetic OLine...needless to say, several games in- He gets injured. Chicago rushes him back after only a few weeks and the guy either got injured, or just gimped it the resta the way...His play the next year was NOT the same.
Just small examples....and there's a million.
Starts with Owner & GM then Coach, then Coaching...then talent. On up...QB and D leader on down. Get the accolades and have the bigger power to make bigger team and game swinging changes, then ya have more Both positive AND negative...Accountability.
Alot of teams do their best to simply FIELD blue-chippers who've slid in the draft and/or field a team with older veteran 10X All-Pros...the 1st being The Bengals, the 2nd exemplified by The Raiders. These teams STILL 90% of the time svck.
Good talent on a bad franchise? ...You could easily have a mediocre talent in just 1-2 short years.
1. We lost the SBs and recent playoffs...like winning them, On Coaching and their gameplans and singular game designs and lack of in-game adjustments. Just the opposite when we won those SBs.
2. For many years...I was VERY sick of being 8-12 mil under the cap and NE being 1 WR, 1 CB, 1 Pass-rusher, or 1 RB...short of a SB and/or a further playoff birth <Reche Caldwell, Ellis Hobbs, TBC, Lawrence Maroney/Kevin Faulk>...shouldn't be your #1 guys=That's Owner stuff and FA stuff, when your depth at those very key standout threat spots is THAT bad.
we haven't won a SB because of bad plays by all pros and injuries to HoF level players.and a few games to when the "team" and usually the Oline didn't play well.
whether or not we could have had one FA player to make a diffeence is 20 20 hind sight looking thru wishful thinking glasses.
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