Here's where Josh and DJ and some of the fans aren't understanding where you are coming from, at all.
You can say we keep losing till you are blue in the face, but fact of the matter is we made the playoffs in 2015, weak division or not. We controlled our own destiny in 2016 and fell flat on our faces against a Giants team with nothing to play for, yes, but still finished with back to back winning seasons for the first time under Snyder. Progress, right? 2017 if it weren't for catastrophic injuries on BOTH sides of the ball, instead of just one like this year, we most likely are a 9-10 win team. We won 7 with the most injured NFL team since 2002 or something like that. Now this year we are 6-3, with a 2 game lead in the division.
Now, does the above represent some powerhouse dynasty that deserves no criticism? Of course not. Does it represent a team that is continually dysfunctional like it used to be that "keeps losing?" Eh I don't think so. In reality, it's somewhere between those two extremes. Except a large segment of the fan base acts as if we have been 3-13, 5-11, 4-12, and now 3-6 the past 4 seasons. It was an operative point for me all off-season and actually caused me to join the site instead of lurking like I did for years. I couldn't wrap my head around the bitter hatred for the team, despite to me the tremendous progress that had been made. And yes, I'm well aware the bar was not set high.
Haven't we beefed up the scouting department? These past two drafts have been excellent if we are being real. Even before that is upper echelon when comparing to the rest of the league. A big part of that has to do with the work of Kyle Smith supposedly, who is being empowered by those at the top. You don't luck into becoming a good drafting team consistently. You have continuity, systems in place that the evaluators are familiar with which enables a guy like Kyle Smith to identify potential schematic fits. It enhances player development. It creates a better football team. That's what's going on here, yet all you can think about is the 20 years before that.
Take a look at the defense. The defense that everyone can admit has played an instrumental part in being 6-3 currently.
Josh Harvey Clemons-Drafted
That's 11 guys who were drafted/developed by this organization who have contributed to the defensive side of the ball this season. Not even counting lesser knowns like Settle and Shaun Dion Hamilton who I'm excited about. We are becoming a pipeline of talent, and through the draft.
We've supplemented them with guys like Norman,Zach Brown, DJ, now Haha. Even Mason was a good find via FA. That's a damn good job of building a defense right there, and they will only get better as most of these pieces are very young.
You, and the others who feel this way, are broken. And I'd be lying if I said I didn't understand it, cause I've endured the same thing. But change is evident. Results are coming. And I think it would be far more productive to create a competitive homefield advantage instead of using it as an outlet to boo snyder/allen. But to each their.