I agree with the idea that the players are killing their chances-- not to pardon Garrett but to place the lack of execution on those who aren't getting it done. Realistically, if we were given a list of the injured before the season do you think the team would be as competitive as they are now? I'm loving the fight in this team whilst hating the football IQ's of quite a few players. My solace comes from the point that this team is and will continue to be going through a rebuilding process. Call it what you want, but the amount of turnover at positions and staying competitive is very hard to do. This staff is shoring up sections of the roster one at a time, it's just due to league norms (and Mara killing the cap) that the front office can't cure them all in two years.
Yet, while I want wins every time, I know we aren't going to get wins every time at this stage. Garrett's plan is working, the scouting department is working, the coaching is for the most part working, but the mental fortitude of some players is not working. They will be replaced. Take a look at the rooks and other pups who have stepped up thus far-- it's absolutely beautiful to behold. Even more profound is the last glaring weakness to be fixed, which is a combination of the aforementioned execution issues and lack of game changing talent: the Oline.
Let the front office work their magic once more and then watch the genius of Garrett's plan terrorize all who oppose them. This team won't be built for short run success... This baby is gonna come out of the womb feet first my brothers. We all will still demand W's in the meantime, but even when they fall irritatingly short remember: They will fight on regardless of the circumstance. The process, as was the system, is for the long run. I'll bet long money on Garrett, all it takes is to look at the job he's done in the short run. This baby is still in the womb my brothers.