So lately i've noticed that there's been a lot of hate for Mike Tannenbaum, and over the past few weeks there's also been a lot of hate for Mark Sanchez, a fair bit of hate for Rex Ryan, and hate for various other players too. This is because this past season was obviously an absurdly frustrating one to sit through, not only because of our Un-watchably bad offense and safeties, but also because the two teams we hate the most got to the superbowl. A lot of you want Tanny's head or Sanchez's head or whoever's head, but I think there's something a lot of you don't seem realize about the NFL, or at least don't acknowledge enough. And that something is that oftentimes, a lot of things unfold the way they do because of...LUCK. good or bad.
You ever hear coaches, GMs, and owners say that they're gonna put together a team that gives them the best chance to win? Well the key word there is "chance". The NFL never seems to work out the way it's supposed to, there's no robotic formula to put together and team and just ride the totally expected path to the playoffs/superbowl. A team can have seemingly perfect personnel, and still miss the playoffs, take a look at the eagles. And did anyone expect the Bengals to make the playoffs? Did they even expect to? Or did anyone foresee Tim Tebow having some success? In fact, if it weren't for things that weren't supposed to happen happening, the NFL would be no fun to watch.
It's not just about putting a team together, things just seem to unfold a certain way during gameday, and if a certain game's matchup was repeated again at a later time, the result could be totally different. Take for example this past season's NFC championship, the 9ers beat the Gmen in the regular season at candlestick, but lost to them when they had a rematch in the championship game. How about the 2011 AFC championship? We beat the steelers in the regular season, because we played a full game of football. We just unfortunately ended up starting off really flat in the title game, and we lost. That's how things unfolded on that particular day.
Now let's put all this into perspective with our team. A lot of you hate Tanny, and a lot of you also have understandable reasons. His Job is to put together a team that gives us the best chance to win, and while he didn't do so well with that this past season, he gave us a pretty damn good chance the two seasons before that. Was it his fault that Shonn Greene got hurt against the Colts and our defense just caved? Was it his fault that Schottenheimer had the worst goal-line calls in Playoff history? No, it wasn't. We didn't those games, but is that HIS fault? He gave us a great chance by putting together a solid team.
It's not just Tanny either. Some of you don't like Rex, but his job is also to give us the best chance to win. He could coach our team perfectly for a game during a week, and things could just go wrong during game day, as I said in a previous paragraph. The stars will just align a certain way after all the preparation is done, but he gives us a good chance to win games.
So the next time you think about how much you think we suck or that a certain other team is good, just keep in mind that luck has to do a lot with all the things that happen. For example, If Lee Evans spends half a second more trying to finish a catch, and kyle williams stays away from a bouncing punt, both of our despised enemies watch the superbowl from home. Chance just wasn't in our favor that day. It's not just in individual games either, entire seasons can go wrong because something really inexplicable that shouldn't have happened, like Philip Rivers being in that really strange funk for half the season which caused the Chargers to narrowly miss the playoffs. At the end of the day, it seems like chance means as much in the NFL as anything.
Also, If you're feeling frustrated, just keep in mind that Patriots and Giants fans are soft. They don't know what disappointment feels like, Particularly the Patriots fans, who think the world is ending if they lose one game. Honestly, whenever the Patriots lose a game, it gives me the satisfaction of the Jets winning a playoff game.