While a few NFL fanbases might be a little less enthusiastic than others, for the most part, most of them are incredibly passionate about their team.
And sometimes, that passion is easily converted into hyperbole. We find ourselves, yet again, one game into the preseason, and already people are hitting the internet to declare certain players a bust, predicting how the season is shot, and generally drawing all sorts of definitive conclusions about what to expect for the rest of the year.
Honestly, if the coaches and players could have it their way, I would bet that they would want the entire preseason to be closed to the public. It's not about wins and losses, but about player evaluation. It's four weeks of tryouts.
As a Chicago Bears fanbase, we have to keep one thing in mind: You can't instantly upgrade all positions all at once. You can't expect an All-Madden offense to take the field when they have really only been working together for about two weeks. You can't predict the rest of the season based on one preseason game.
Had the team looked a little more polished and come out with a victory, would we be hearing declarations of a Super Bowl? Yep. That happens too. Win a game, and it's the best team ever. Lose a game, and it's the end of the world.
Our very own David Taylor has been able to capture both extremes over the last couple of seasons, and he created a couple of pieces of art that you can feel free to save and use for the future. Just remember, one game does not a season make. At least, not yet.
The sky is falling because one preseason game:
And then break this one out after we win one game:
Remember, we're not that much different than most other teams. We've got some great players at key positions, and some that are a concern. We can't have superstars across the board, and won't always look like world-beaters. It's one game. One preseason game.
Hang in there...