5: "I'm giving 110 percent."
No, you're not. There is only 100 percent of you. To give "110 percent" would be to give something you don't actually have. While this might work for a hopelessly-in-debt dude who still buys extravagant presents for his girlfriend, it doesn't work in football. Say "going the extra mile" next time. Please.
4: "We're in rebuild mode."
No, you're not. You're in sit-in-a-corner-and-cry mode, and you're going to stay there for quite some time. When a team decides it has to "rebuild," what it means is that it will undergo a long period of stockpiling high draft picks and sitting talented rookies in hopes that, over time, they'll magically transform into winners! That takes longer than necessary, and usually longer than that coach's tenure. Think the Browns. Think the Jets. Think terrible teams that haven't been not terrible since who knows when, just because somewhere along the way, they decided to "rebuild."
You know what does work? Building the best team you can every year, possibly at the expense of next year. Signing aging players who will be super helpful for a couple years. Starting your rookies. Think John Elway and Bill Belichick.
3: "It'll take time."
2: "It was a good loss."
There are no good losses. Imagine, if you will, a football league where the record is expressed as Wins-Good Losses-Bad Losses. Some of you are cheering this idea on, while others are groaning in disgust. Either way, that's not what we have. If the last Wild Card spot in the NFC is between a team with 5 ugly losses and one with six "good" losses, we all know who gets the spot. If you lose, there are definitely things that must be fixed before next week, and after that, maybe there'll be time to focus on the good stuff that happened. Take losses like a man; don't revel in the glory of pseudo-victory.
1: "The best offense is a good defense."
The best offense is a good offense. The offense scores the points. Defenses rarely score points. And as my great-grandfather once said, "You can tie without scoring any points, but you can't win." A functioning offense is vital to a team's success. One might flip the proverb and say that the best defense is a good offense. After all, the bigger the lead, the easier it is to defend. If you have the lead, and the team scores, it's much more effective to score on your next drive than to mosey around in your own territory and then get a defensive stop. Look at the Broncos-Pats game. When we had the ball, we had no trouble scoring. But New England extended their lead, and ate up clock in the process, proving once again that the best defense is a good offense.
Rant over. See you on the flip side.