So Tom O'Brien comes out and says this:
Which prompts Section Six to muse:
I'm not sure the guy in red shoes and gaudy sunglasses can take all the blame for this. It's just possible the players over the summer picked up a newspaper. Or flipped to ESPN, or dropped in on a message board or a blog. Because no matter where they went they would have read things like this:
Those were the common themes - the coaches were awful, the team was talented, if luck had gone their way things would be different. If you keep hearing that why woudn't you think a 2006-level effort would reap rewards in 2007?