flotsamnjetsam wrote:The way I look at it is that the Patriots had a disappointing season because they were one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl. Getting to the playoffs for the Patriots is not an accomplishment since they were expected to go far into the playoffs.
A huge accomplishment was what the Bears did last season. I don't think many people even picked them to get into the playoffs, let alone having a 1st round bye. They lost in their 1st playoff game but getting to the playoffs and having a 1st round bye was a huge accomplishment since not many people expected them to even make the playoffs.
While I can see your side of it, I just dont think people are putting realistic expectations on this team - they cant win the SB every yr. So getting to the 2nd rd with an injury riddled team and playing a very tough Denver team at their house and losing is nothing to be ashamed of. Even though they lost, I view it as a positive season - we simply have differing views but I respect yours.
I respect yours also and I agree that the Patriots had a successful season, especially with all the injuries they had & losing both coordinators.
My point is that success is measured differently for different teams. The Patriots had a successful season because through all the adversity they still were one of 12 teams to make the playoffs and they even won 1 playoff game. I just don't think that this was a huge accomplishment for a team that was a Super Bowl favorite going into the season. They had injuries during the regular season but were fairly healthy and playing well during the playoffs. Every team has to play through injuries every season.
A huge accomplishment would be for a team like the Jets to make the playoffs next year. They will be picked to finish last in their division by almost everyone next year. If they somehow make the playoffs...that would be a huge accomplishment.