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Old 09-09-2004   #12
Hervoyel
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I don't pay much attention to any supposed "lack of respect" from the media outlets (be they print, broadcast, or online) because I think for the most part they've been pretty fair. What have we been in our first two years? 4-12 and 5-11 is what we've been.

We've let a bunch of 4th quarter leads get away from us.
We've set the single season sack record while having our young quarterback pummeled half to death.
We've spent our first expansion draft pick on a LT who never played a down for us.
We've set an improbable record for the least number of yards produced in a victory.
We've lost the only game in 2002 we were favored to win to the lowly Bengals no less.

Now, before you guys get out the rope and start looking for a tree understand that we've done a lot of good things to build on and nobody expected an expansion team to light up the league in it's first two seasons. I know that. You know that. We've watched them closer than any of the media mouthpieces who give out this "respect". They're watching the teams that are winning. They're watching the teams that are going to the playoffs. They're interested in the teams that have record setting players, coaches who've won Super Bowls, and stuff like that.

Half the reason that every year some team comes out of nowhere to grab their attention is that teams can rise quickly in this era. The other half of the reason this happens is that they're ignoring a large chunk of the sub .500 clubs every year.

So having said that I don't care about their respect. It's only going to come when we win and we're going to win so it'll be there. It won't be worth much then to me but it'll be there. We break .500 and the respect will come. Those are the rules under which this "respect" is given out. Until we deliver we don't get any.
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