It occurred to me after the game - is the question, have we overestimated our talent? In assessing our 12 year period of playoff failure, only one constant emerges. I now realize we have bought into our Marketer-in-Chief's rhetoric time after time and really need a critical assessment of who we are.
Short and sweet, I think we've overestimated talent levels in the following areas:
- O-Line: Pick anyone
- O-Skill positions: MBII is simply not a featured back, but a closer. Felix-jury out, trend line not good, but has not had the impact we hoped nor what a Draft pick in that position should be. RW-chronic underachiever to date, doubt there is any debate on this
- D-Line/LB: Marcus Spears, but we kind of know this. B Carp-much worse, but we already know this. I'll add Bradie James because we just give up too many big/critical plays in his area. To an extent, I think he suffers in his attempted 'Leadership' role because his team mates know his play doesn't rise to the level of his rhetoric. Possibly why K Brooking has filled that void in so short a period of time.
- DB's - T New is maddeningly inconsistent and K Hamlin has spent entire games MIA.
How many other 'Championship' teams have so many questions/underachievers across their roster like this? About 4 on the starting Offensive and Defensive units apiece - over 1/3 of all Starters?
With a nod to Bill Clinton for authorship, 'It's the Talent, Stupid.'