Playoff Expectations Unfair For ManyMay 8th, 2013
Now Joe has heard in recent days from excited Bucs fans that if the Bucs don’t make the playoffs, Bucs rock star general manager Mark Dominik should be jettisoned, Josh Freeman should find a job elsewhere and even some fans think a playoff-less 2013 should have Team Glazer thinking twice about bringing back coach Greg Schiano.
Joe thinks this is borderline outrageous.
Joe was just thinking last night about the NFC. Folks, in case you haven’t looked, the NFC is absolutely stacked.
There are two Wild Card berths per conference each year. Here are some of the teams that the Bucs will have to battle:
Likely the strongest division in the NFL. Seattle, which is loaded, will battle San Francisco, which is loaded. It doesn’t seem unreasonable that the bridesmaid to the division winner will secure a Wild Card berth.
The perennial playoff bound Packers will fight for the division title against Chicago, a 10-win team last year with a very good quarterback who now has a quarterback guru as a coach. This is not to mention a retooled Vikings team that also made the playoffs last year.
The always-tough Giants, two Super Bowl titles in five years, will fight against the Washington Redskins, a playoff team last year, and dark horse Dallass.
A quarterback-driven division, the Bucs will, of course, face the dangerous Saints and the loaded Dixie Chicks.
If the Bucs finish with a winning record and don’t make the playoffs, Joe isn’t sure how blame can be placed on Dominik or Schiano, or for that matter even Freeman. The conference is as loaded as Joe has ever seen.
Now if the Bucs finish, say, 4-12 with limited injuries, then that is a different issue entirely.
The best way for the Bucs to make the playoffs is by winning the division. That’s how strong the NFC is this season.
Joe just thinks it is unreasonable, if not unfair, to demand heads to roll if a playoff appearance is not achieved, given how stocked the NFC is.