The year before there was something special about the team. They played with a special kind of fire and you could tell there was a closeness on the team. They played an excellent game against Seattle and only lost because of a fluke kick and you had the sense it made them that much hungrier and determined for the next season, which reflected with most of the analysts who had them projected as a Super Bowl contender.
Everyone wants to blame the OL for last season, but what was so different last year and the year before? Clemmings, Fusco and Berger played most every game both seasons. Last year you lost Kalil who played awful the year before and you gained Boone. In both seasons, our QB had pressure on most plays.
I think Ellison's dad is right on, there did not seem to be any kind of leadership last year. I thought our best team game was the first game. The team really seemed to really rally behind Hill. After that, we rode the emotion of the new stadium, however it only took us so far. Forcing out Norv for Shurmur totally broke the trust of the players with Zimmer. The season was over at that point. It was odd to see a team that played with so much enthusiasm and passion the season before, play with absolutely no fire. They came out flat every game and stayed that way. You kept thinking they would wake up, but they just sleep walked through the season. I don't see things getting any better, in fact, I think it will get much worse.