Re: Season a success if Pats lose next week?
posted at 1/12/2014 1:39 PM EST
Absolutely. I take into account injuries, matchups, divisional strength, etc.
If the Pats had lost to the Colts I would have not considered the season a success but at this point, definitely a success - though if they end up hosting San Diego, that's different, I would NOT consider it a success to lose to San Diego at home.
Overall this team has shown great heart and fire. Yes I badly want them to win another Super Bowl but I'm cutting slack due to crazy AH situation, Gronk, defensive injuries etc. Might feel different next year.
" If every team's goal is to win the superbowl for any given season, 31 teams ultimately fail. One team succeeds."
That's a fair goal inside the locker room but outside it is myopic and creates a false equivalency between mediocre teams, disappointing teams and good ones.
Example: how did Pittsburgh allow their fate to be decided by the Jets? That's a truly failed season.
But - three AFC championship games in a row is NOT failure.
Yes, champsionships count more than anything else. But while some would say the Bills four straight Super Bowl runs were a failure, and on some level they were, it was enough to get some guys in the Hall of Fame, and deservedly so. Sustained excellence is also an achievement, outside of championships.