Originally Posted by Redsfaithful
The thing is, even Mike Brown can get lucky. It hasn't really happened in 20 years, but that doesn't mean it's impossible. I don't expect the organization to be any different that it has been for the past 8 years, but I don't believe the Colts ownership is really all that much better than the Bengals, for instance, but look what Peyton Manning did for that franchise.
Not saying Andy Dalton is Peyton Manning, AT ALL, but it's possible the Bengals could put a few drafts together and have enough to make some deeper playoff runs.
I don't need that much from the Bengals. As Stray mentions, the Reds have bothered me more in the past decade than the Bengals. Castellini gets a pass on competitiveness for some reason that I don't really agree with.
Oh, the Reds are MUCH more a disappointment for me than the Bengals too.
The Colts went to the AFC title game in 1995 before the Peyton era. And the fact that they have a professional General Manager, and a good one at that, by itself makes them an exponentially better organization than the Bengals, IMO.
The problem with getting lucky is that in football it requires too many things to get lucky about. You've got a 55 man roster and the game of football has so many different facets you have to get right that the odds of getting lucky enough to go deep in the playoffs is incredibly slim. You have offensive line, running game, passing game, DBs, linebackers, pass rushers, D-lineman, offensive scheme, defensive scheme, specialty teams, etc... You can get lucky on some of those, but relying on luck in puttin together a football team just doesn't seem feasible.
All that said, I'll continue to hope and pay attention and root, but I'm not going to get excited and start to "believe". I'm just not wired that way in any area of my life.