Well, he didn't say we're shaping up to be a better team. He said he's more confident this year that we'll win the Super Bowl than he was last year. He cited being mentally tougher as being the main reason; being there before, gaining experience, that kind of thing.
"We had a lot of players that didn't make plays when they had the opportunity in the playoffs," McNair said. "This thing is a process, and the playoffs are different than regular season. I think the players have to go through that and understand it.
"Everybody picks up their game. You better bring your 'A' game. I know it's easy to say that, but now the players have seen it for the last two years and know what to expect.
"Mentally, we're developing a toughness you have to have."
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Honestly, there's no doubt in my mind that he has a better grasp on how things are in the NFL than most of our fans.
Last year, they lost players like outside linebacker Mario Williams, tight end Joel Dreessen, inside linebacker DeMeco Ryans, offensive tackle Eric Winston, receiver Jacoby Jones and cornerback Jason Allen. They still improved by two games over the 2011 season, despite going 1-3 down the stretch.
McNair doesn't like losing players, but he accepts it as reality in the salary-cap world. He knows fans and the media are howling for general manager Rick Smith to sign some free agents.
"I don't panic," McNair said. "We have a plan. We're executing our plan.
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