Cortez comes in.
He chooses to be his own OC for the year.
Obie is coming (has functionally come?) to the end of his leadership of the team.
The first older vet (one who was a team leader in his short stay) is released and other players are beginning to be shed in the annual dance.
An older QB with potential for a very good year or two is brought in.
The owner makes excited pronouncements about challenging for the Cup.
The team has one year before it starts wandering in the wilderness without a home for a season.
In 2 years there will be a gleaming new stadium.
Is this a team that is genuinely looking to challenge this year?
Is this a new Coach/Football Ops. Head who is willing to mortgage a bit of the future to win now or is he the kind of guy who wants to build patiently even if there are fewer wins right now?
I'm kind of interested in the 'take' on this board.
The options as I see them?
- The team can challenge hard regardless of effect on the future and so will be aggressive in free agency, trading, etc.
- The team genuinely believes that it is only a few modifications from being a major challenger for the near future.
- The team will muddle through, play both sides, and hope Burris keeps them looking respectable, while looking for chances to improve.
- The team will go the rebuild route under new leadership and patiently assemble pieces regardless of current win total.
I don't know Cortez. I don't know his tendencies in this matter.
I DO know that we may be beginning to get mixed signals and it's probably too early to be sure of which way the wind is blowing.
Which way do YOU think it's heading?
And hey.... to distinguish the matter, which way do you WANT it to head?