Originally posted by theduke85:
I agree, the future is bright. There is no doubt about it.
Quote:Originally posted by English:
In 1987 possibly the best team who ever played the sport got ignominiously bundled out of the playoffs by a fairly average Vikings team. They drew on that to go on to win the next two Superbowls and damned nearly the third.
So where are we?
Firstly, the last two seasons have established us in the vanguard of the NFC. May not seem much to the newcomers but its a whole load to those spit when the name TDon is mentioned.
I'm not claiming that we are in for gloom-and-doom or anything like but, that I do think it is important to remember that there is a big difference between the late 80's and now: competitive balance. Since the induction of the salary cap, there is a LOT more parity in the league, and it is much, much more difficult to stay relevant and be consistently competitive in this day in age. I think that's why losses in the NFC Championship game and the Super Bowl hurt so badly. We're only going to get so many chances, and quite frankly, this may be the closest we get for some time.
Disagree, if you will forgive me.
The salary cap is not going to weaken us significantly for next season, IMO, and with Baalke handling things it may even make us relatively stronger as other teams get older and start losing players to FA. Baalke has locked up much of the core of this team.
Beyond one year, who knows? But next year I see us in the playoffs. A more experienced and battle-hardened team.
The cap, unlike the Policy days, will not weaken us relative to others unless we let it. Baalke needs to draft well and negotiate long term, having identified key players.