This season looks like another lost season, a repeat of the 2007 season which was the last time we were hyped as a playoff team before this year. As painful as this season is, there is hope for the 2011 season....
..if we pick the right head coach after this season.
With the right head coach, recent history has shown that a team can have a complete turnaround that next season, or if not that next season the season after that.
The Atlanta Falcons were in complete disarray following the Michael Vick dog-fighting scandal. Mike Smith comes in there, remodels the team, grabs a franchise QB and their bell cow running back, gets Roddy White off the junk food and into a stud WR and the team makes the playoffs. A stunning turnaround.
The Arizona Cardinals were well known for their futility year after year, having gone the past 22 years with one winning season under their belt. Ken Wisenhunt comes along, and molds the Cardinals into a winning team, even reaching the superbowl in his second year as head coach.
Sean Payton comes in, signs his franchise quarterback in the off season and immediately turns the Saints into a winner, giving the Saints their first super bowl victory in their history.
The Miami Dolphins under Parcells and Sporano go from 1-15 and a team in complete disrepair to 11-5 in one season. Their offenseive coordinator actually creates an offense to fit around their limited personel. Shocking concept I know.
Now the Chiefs look like a team on the rise thanks to a new regime. It took them a year but they've completely turned their team around in a very short time.
With the talent that we have, if we pick the right coach we could easily turn into a legitimate playoff team next year, and not one that gets in because their division is crappy either.
We have some nice core players: Vernon, Gore, Crabtree (under the right coaching staff he'll be fine), Willis, Justin Smith, and a lot of young talent on both sides of the ball.
The biggest problem is going to be changing that losing culture that has developed over our years of futility. Many of the players just don't know what it's like to win in the nfl. Our team psyche is too fragile. It's going to be imperative to bring in some veterans who have experienced winning at a high level, even if they're only backups and role players. We need to bring in a winning mentality. Oh and draft a new franchise quarterback of course.
The biggest question is: can Jed York pick the right head coach to replace Singletary? This is what I'm most fearful about. If not we could be in for many more years of playoff-les football.
[ Edited by AllTimeGreat on Sep 26, 2010 at 2:23 PM ]