Greetings, Turf Show Times.
I've been on this site for some time, admiring the quality of the articles, and I thought that this might be a good time to write my first fanpost. Basically, my message is one that's written in large, friendly letters across a useful book - DON'T PANIC.
Why? A few reasons.
YOUTH - A number of people have noted that we are, again, the youngest team in the nation. Many of us cautioned that the early season could be a little less pretty than we'd hoped as our young players grow. Of course, saying that and experiencing that are two wildly different things. What happened the last few weeks is an example of that. People will say that we are playing sloppy, and it's true - we are. That's what young teams do while they are still figuring things out. The coaches haven't forgotten how to call plays, which brings me to my next point:
EXPERIENCED COACHES - A fan base can be a fickle thing, and we are all human. We are ridiculously high on our team when we win, and extremely down on them when they lose. But here's the thing - Fisher has not suddenly become Spags. He knows quite well what he's doing, and how to fix things. You know what I bet happens? Fisher breathes fire and brimstone this week (he's very good at doing that with division opponents), prepares his players to whomp 'Niner ballsacks, and Friday morning we're back to praising the greatness of the FishSnead era.
SIXTEEN GAME SEASON - We are three games into the season, not even out of the first quarter. As fans, we are constantly caught up in the emotion of the moment. That's why we love the game. But if we can let go of the moment's tunnel vision, we can recognize that we have plenty of season left, and plenty of winnable games. How many of us were devastated last year after the debacle in London? We were so sure that we were still the same old sorry Rams. But the season wore on, the players grew, and our defense grew into a fire-breathing, acid-pissing, fear-inspiring monster. We are in this for the long haul, ladies and gentlemen. Be not afeared of early-season troubles.
Take the long view, and recognize that our best days are in front of us and closing fast, which is a wonderful thing.