I think we're putting way too much emphasis on a single game here, mostly just because it was the last game of the season. I don't think winning 2 more next year is too much to ask. I'm not even asking for play-offs, necessarilly. I just want more wins next year than losses.
There's something else here too. We're looking at this season as if this season should tell us what to expect from this team next year. That's like grading on an extremely friendly curve there. The worse they do, the easier we grade them? I'm not saying they did that bad this year, but I'm looking at what I really think we should expect from a 4th year team (who is supposedly going somewhere), regardless of what they've done the past 3 years. All this year, I was expecting 8 wins, but thought 7 would be exceptable. I really never changed my opinion of that. When they were 4-3, I thought they might to much better (maybe even 10 wins), but I never changed my mind about what I expected. It was always 8, but 7 gets a passing grade.
If this team wins 8 games next year, I will not feel like my statements here were wrong. I will feel like my expectations
were not met and that this team is not progressing enough to be sure about everyone's job--I mean, if it were up to me, which it's not, anyway, lol. Maybe I'll buy it when I'm a billionaire next year. Yeah, that'd be cool.
If this team had won 5 games this year, I would still expect 9 next year, assuming they kept the GM and All the same coaches (which I would be wailing for them not to do). Year after next, I expect playoffs. Don't matter what they do next year. Playoffs or bust in the 5th year and they better at least compete in the first round, if not win it. It's a five year plan. I expect to have a GOOD team in 5 years time.