Reality is beginning to set in for me now.
I'll preface this post to say "it's all good" change. And I'm glad we pulled the plug on the Lovie era.
Initially, I believed it would be a more simple transition for 2013. I figured we had a 10 win team. We had a great defense and special teams. We had Cutler, Marshall, Forte & a promising rookie, AJ, on offense.
How complicated could it be? Bring in a new HC. Let Emery plug some holes through the draft and FA. And 2013 should be an immediate upgrade over the Lovie era.
But after a few weeks now, reality is setting in for me. This is a bigger deal than I first thought. I still think we have a great shot at having a better team. But there are a WHOLE lot more moving parts to this than I first considered.
Think about it.
We have a guy from Canada, and some CFL coaches - and basically adding into the mix a new Offensive Coordinator, Defensive Coordinator & Special Teams Coordinator (all 3 new coordinators), and roughly 17 other sub-coaches. Add to the mix the question marks on defensive personnel (who's coming back, like Melton & Urlacher), and wondering if the really old guys can still play well. Add to the mix new schemes everywhere, offense, defense AND special teams. Add to the mix new playbooks & an influx of new players through the draft and free agency (guys, a LOT of people are going to come and go over the next few months). Add to the mix, how our franchise quarterback is going to do with all of this. And all of this is before the rebuilding of our offense - from the offensive line on up to some key skill player additions & subtractions.
We've all been very positive about all of the new coaches and we've kicked around some guesses as to massive roster changes that are coming.
But when I step back for a moment, and try to "see the forest for the trees" I realize this is one HUGE set of changes. What I thought originally was a simple equation (just swap out the HC variable and it's all going to be good), is really more like an equation with a zillion variables, of which most of those variables are "unknowns" at this point.
We're all "hoping" it all works out fine, and we end up with something much better than Lovie's teams. I believe it will. But we're fooling ourselves if we think this is a simple change.
This is definitely a significant rebuilding of the team (yeah, I used the hated "R" word). This is rebuilding. A serious gut job in the making.