I'm looking over the "headlines" of Bruinsnation and it just seems so dour. Yes, the loss last weekend felt bad and looked bad. But I think this blog has lost some key perspective. It's so damn negative, that it's not really any fun to read. It shouldn't be this way -- constructive criticism is always good, but it's moving toward the "victimized fan" mentality.
#1. It is unrealistic to believe that the uneven team of pre-Mora years could be flawless and/or 100% focused and driven every saturday. It takes longer than that to completely turn the tide.
#2 This is good team. It's not a great team. The defense is becoming a force to be reckoned and the offense has been very rough the last couple games. That doesn't mean that the team is back to the "might show up and play" ethics of year's past. That's a huge change. And it's still in progress. Sometimes progress is ugly.
#3 One loss does not ruin a season (unless you are Oregon or Alabama with realistic aspirations of a National Championship). There is whole lotta football left to play this season. (And the game was not "lost" until quarter #4).
#4 With a 5-0 start, people started believing we were a top-10 team and should be BCS-bound. We know the talent is there, but the coaching staff is untested. I expect them to make mistakes. There isn't anybody on this blog who can argue that the coaching staff is spouting "Passion Bucket" BS. These are hardworking, but imperfect, folks.
In summary, there are many things to should keep us all more optimistic. And there are some issues that I hope we can address to end up with a great season (9-3, 10-2, winning a good bowl game, more consistency). I would hope that BN front pagers might revisit the tone of their recent headlines and posts. They are pretty damn negative at the moment it almost feels like this fan base has become the entitlement-minded, petulant, jump-over the fence , shrink-from-adversity group that defined the football team just two seasons ago.