It's the dead time between Years 2 and 3 of the rebuild. There's no sense in pretending to compile a report card. I don't think anyone, inside or outside, the organization has a true sense of how the rebuild is going. It's certainly clear that a review of won/loss records is not warranted at this point. There's no position group that can be checked off as solid let alone solid with depth. None. The coaching position is not viewed as a position of strength but a position of survival, much like the previous regime, despite our efforts to distance ourselves from that part of our history.
However, this SB forces us to re-evaluate the current narratives about the rebuild. Specifically, the continuity argument as both coaches replaced failed 2 year coaches. Pete Carroll replaced Mora and Fox replaced McDaniels. We have to be clear when pointing to these organizational rebuilds that we know which one we're using as a model. Biggest thing to judge, keepers. How are we doing on keepers in this rebuild? Because without keepers, there isn't a team. I can spot a Nix with a stick and a blindfold but then I'm not a GM of a professional football team. Nix is not a keeper. Whether or not we have salary issues, pick restrictions, cap money issues, we're not getting out of this without a team. Without some keepers.
So far, we spend more time keeping the argument of who is a keeper alive than agreeing that a particular player is a keeper. Even the vaunted Matt McGloin (the source of an agonizing amount of adulation and reverence) has not been able to keep his head above the fray which speaks volumes about our QB situation. Basically, we agreed that Matt Flynn was bad and that's as far as the rebuild has gotten. A lot like agreeing that Leinart or Boller was a flop but with a 6 million dollar sticker (ouch!). OK, so Reggie is missing a couple of toes and needs to aim a little higher. He's right, we need a QB.
The delay in the offensive line rebuild seems to arise equally from injuries and the ability to find the worst PFF ranked players on a dime. I'm still not sure we've gained anything switching back to PBS now that DMC is "testing the free market". I have to assume "yes" because "no" invokes too many "WTFs". Receivers?? Lets settle the Jethro versus Spam Newton debate first. I don't think it's fair to judge the top 5 receivers on the team based upon their dysfunctional performance this year without taking into consideration the general dysfunction of the offense which still managed to resemble last year's offense despite the removal of Knapp. Clearly, more has to be done.
It's against this backdrop, that we enter Free Agency and prepare for the draft. I'm totally done with predictions. There's thousands of scenarios of trades and picks that could turn us into contenders and an equal number that could turn us into Jag-meat. One thing I do know, I haven't stopped going "WTF" on draft day even though Al's gone. If we emerge out of the 2014 season without a clear identity on offense/defense (however weak) and without enough keepers to strengthen that identity, I seriously doubt we can say that the rebuild is anything more than a hypothesis at that point.