Originally Posted by bckey
I get so tired of these 5 year posts. By the 5th year, players from year 1 and 2 are already bailing because they don't want to play for a loser. It doesn't take 5 years to have a winning record. There is no reason an expansion team can't go 8-8 by year 3.
By your calculations the Browns should be defending their crown by now. It just isn't that easy. The Browns had a big head start on us but they have all kinds of problems with that roster. You just can't decide you want to start a team and it is going to be good, "just because". You have to bring in talent over the course of a few years. Building a team from scratch then "expecting" them to be in the playoffs after 2-3 years is pushing your expectations pretty hard. After 4 years we should have a roster devoid of holes. That is really what the "5-year plan" thinking is. It takes several years to field 22 starters and 22 front line NFL reserves. After we have a full roster we can rebuild this thing in 2 years if we have trouble. That is because we have a foundation in place. I understand thinking a 5 year plan is absurd for a mature team. You already have a base of talent.