I want to share with you all some reasons as to exactly why I think there is a lot of positivity to this team in it's current state. You can dismiss it and write it off as non-sense and that's okay. I'm done trying to change people's mind. I just figure I'll present my point of view with facts and numbers to explain why I feel that way. There's always room for disappointment when a team doesn't win a championship. There is absolutely zero doubt that the Super Bowl is what 32 teams dream of each year. But the key is not to give in to short sightedness. Lost in the disappointment of another losing season is the fact that a team is being built here that's better than anything we've had in years. I've highlighted 04-07 as they were the worst years of the decade vs 08-10. The first thing to consider is the win-loss record 04-07 Record = 20-44 Winning% .313 08-10 Record = 25-23 Winning% .521 In that time Wannstedt went 2-10, Bates went 2-2, Saban went 15-17 and Cameron went 1-15. No coach had a winning record. Tony Sparano has a winning record with a division championship. That gives me hope. The next thing to consider is our failure in the draft vs our relative success in the past 3 years. Remaining players from each draft class 2004 - Vernon Carey 2005 - Ronnie Brown, Channing Crowder 2006 - No one, Saban pissed this draft away 2007 - Paul Soliai, Brandon Fields 5 people in 4 years. That's it out of 28 picks. There was zero foundation here to build upon when they got here. If Wannstedt let the cupboard run dry, Saban restocked it with food near it's expiration date and Cameron try to fill it with the cheap store brand stuff and hope no one would notice. In the 3 years that we've had Sparano and Ireland we have 18 players still on the roster. We have nearly as many players on the roster as we did draft picks in the whole 4 prior years. That gives me faith that we've finally learned how to approach the draft. The next thing I'd like to point out is pro bowl appearances 2004 - Patrick Surtain, Jason Taylor 2005 - Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas 2006 - Jason Taylor, Zach Thomas 2007 - Jason Taylor 2008 - Joey Porter, Ronnie Brown, Jake Long 2009 - Dan Carpenter, Yeremiah Bell, Jake Long 2010 - Cameron Wake, Jake Long This doesn't count alternates, just guys who were on the original roster. From 04-07 We had 7 total pro bowl appearances by 3 different players. All of them JJ's players. From 08-10 we had 8 appearances by 6 different players. 3 of them drafted by this coaching staff. That gives me faith that these guys have an eye for talent and know how to coach it up. And the last point I'll make is that this is a very, very young team. Counting all players who were on the end of the season roster, I/R and practice squad the breakdown of our roster looks something like this. Rookies - 18 2nd year - 15 3rd year - 6 4th year - 7 5th year - 7 6th year - 7 7th year - 5 10th year - 2 11th year - 1 13th year – 1 39 players in their 3rd year or less this year. That's rediculous. Even more rediculous when you consider who some of those players are. Guys like Nolan Carrol, Vontae Davis, Sean Smith, Kendall Langford, Phillip Merling, John Jerry, Dan Carpenter, Cameron Wake, Koa Misi, Chad Henne, Chris Clemons, Reshad Jones, Jake Long, Davone Bess, Jared Odrick, Nate Garner and Brian Hartline. These guys are only going to get better. When you factor in guys like Karlos Dansby, Randy Starks, Tony McDaniel, Paul Soliai, Brandon Fields, Brandon Marshall and Vernon Carey who are all under 28 years old and in the prime of their career you see that this is the strongest base of players we've seen in a long time. So basically, what it boils down to for me is that I see distinct progress being made. We're finding better talent, coaching better, drafting better, and building a team better than we have in a long time. This group of guys gets it. They know what it takes to win. Even if Sparano is fired and someone else comes in, there's no rebuilding that needs to be done. We're not paper thin at every position. We need upgrades at RB, QB, S, TE and G. We also need role players at WR. But it's not like we have Travis Minor and Joey Harrington and Ted Ginn out there starting anymore. We've come a long way in a short time. The best turnaround in NFL history from 1-15 to 11-5. That gives me reason to be positive.