5-11...Yup thats the record of BB's first patriot team. And what was their record the next year? The fact of the matter is we replaced over half of the team. We have 5 people left from our last 3 drafts before saban. We are using a new defensive system that only 1 person knows(and he's a rookie). We have switched to a new offensive system, a new QB, and have had to re-coach one of the worst lines ever to play in the nfl. We have a new head and a mixture of players. Our defense is old and looking for a championship. Our offense is young and looking for an identity. We have beaten 2 SB contenders, and were less than 10 yards from beating two others. When the offseason started we had marginal talent and were 17 million over the cap, now we have decent talent and next year we will be 20 million under. We had one of the best drafts in the NFL! 3 of our players are starters and are getting better every day. 3 more will be playing for starting spots next year. No other team can boast that, especially when you consider none of them were given spots from injury.Our team is big, physical and they hurt people. Who honestly believes we are SB contenders? Who thinks Gus Frerrote "the guy"? Our coaches give us good schemes that we have trouble executing.
I want everyone who reads this to ask your self this question. Are we better than we were a year ago? Is our team improving? Is there anyone here who even has a doubt that we will be even better next year?
I am proud to be a fin fan. I am proud even when they break my heart over and over again. I like the way our team is going. AND i know that if things don't improve saban will make a change. If chambers keeps dropping balls we will have a New #1 reciever. If frerrote can't get it done some one else will. if penalties are constant some one's head will roll.
Saban has taken away our biggest crutch. Players can no longer complain about a bad coach, or a bad staff. Saban keeps us competative even when we shouldn't be. He takes the blame even when it's not his. It is now up to the players to execute. There can be no dropped balls, or interceptions, or fumbles, or missed kicks. There can be no missed blocks, or bad passes, or stupid penalties. If players do their job we will win.
Saban is instilling something special. It is not about beating the other team. It is about not beating yourself. And if we do that the win will be there.