I've been a fan since the 70s, through the Red Miller days, through the Reeves and Phillips and now Shanny days. And I've usually been optimistic, because, even in bad years, we never seemed to be stuck in neutral. The team may have had an off year or two or several, but there were changes that boded well for its future. Of late--for the last five years at least--it has been perpetual deja vu. We underachieve, blow a few easy games, miss the playoffs by one or two games. (Or, in the single case, make the postseason then get slammed by Baltimore.) We then enter the new season full of hope, only to repeat exactly the previous year's routine. Add our yearly blown drafts, poor free agent pickups, and Shanny's refusal to bounce Kubiak and/or update his tired playbook, and here we are again.
I'd love nothing better than to win out, roll into the playoffs, take the wildcard path to the SB, and win. I can't see it happening, however, not with this schizophrenic team, a gimpy CP, and Shanny's very stale game planning.
Yes, I'm a homer, in the sense that this is my team, and always will be. But being a fan also means being realistic, not fan-boy delusional. And when people like Krieger or Dr. Z or some of the posters suggest that we hold shanny accountable for the overall averageness of the team during the past five seasons, that's not being negative or overly critical or simply "trying to sell papers." That is also being a fan.
Shanny and the team have frustrated me this season. We have lost games we should not have lost. We should have had a better draft class. We should be positioned better for a post season run. And ultimately, the coach is responsible. Dungy was bounced, and is doing well. Belichick was bounced, and is doing well. Parcells...well, he's a whole 'nother story. The point is that it might be time for a change here, regardless of how the season ends.
One last thing. Just because a post is not all overheated fan-boy musings--We're the Best!--doesn't invalidate it or make the poster and idiot. You can criticize a team and still love the team.