Fans were ECSTATIC with how this off-season went:
- House acquisition plus returning guys from injury would mitigate CB issues
- Francois signing to add more depth to an already good DL
- Perry and Matthews both fully healthy
- Bennett perceived as an upgrade over Cook
- Added depth at RB (plus at least some excitement about Montgomery after his success at RB last year)
- And we still had #12 (and before this season, more than any I can remember, we were hearing a whole lot of GOAT talk around him).
It all added up to, for a lot of fans, an almost guaranteed Super Bowl appearance.
Of course, it all came crashing down pretty quick:
- The Atlanta debacle - showing that the defense was really the "same old, same old - bend and then break Dom Capers defense"
- Injuries piled up one on top of the other - OL hit hardest, but others as well
- #12 goes down
- Hundley's erratic performances (I think most expected we'd get more of the QB we saw vs. Pittsburgh - not perfect, but really a very good backup; performances like vs. the Ravens never entered into most fans' mind, I don't think).
If you expect to be 'decent' and you end up where GB is at, it's not as big of a drop - therefore, not as much reason to be down. But GB was expected to be back in the NFCCG, and this time, have a REAL chance to win it. To go from that, to where they are right now, it's only natural for there to be a LOT of disappointment about how things have gone.
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