By: David Levin (@davidlevin71)
Thursday night is our night. Thursday night we Stand United. On Thursday night we need to turn the clock back to 2011. On that night, the entire NFL universe knew we were a team that could beat anyone, including the Baltimore Ravens.
While no one gave us much of a chance, our team was amid turmoil – a coach that was caught in no man’s land, an offense that was struggling to finds its rhythm (even with Maurice Jones-Drew) and a defense that although decent, was getting beaten at every snap.
But for one shining moment (cure the Jim Nance voice and the CBS montage) we showed we were better than a team that was better than us, we showed we could play with heart and we could win with adversity.
We all know the story of how the 2001 season ended – the team sold to Shad Khan, Jack Del Rio fired and Gene Smith given a contract extension. What we do not know is how this team, a team with less talent, more fight and ore desire than the one two seasons ago will finish.
If we know anything about them and their character, each player who puts a foot on the field at EverBank will fight string, fight hard and do their job.
Right now, we are in the middle of a win streak of sorts. Three of our last four. Our defense is better.
We scored 32 points last week – the most all season. And for the first time in some time, we are not the laughing stock of the NFL. This might be the most intense 3-9 team to play in the NFL in some time, but players are having fun, they are winning games with special teams and defense and most of all, and this might be the biggest thing coach Gus Bradley can say, there is no quit in this franchise.
Fans will come out in droves Thursday night. The NFL Network will be here.
Can’t wait to see Prime Time.
Let’s just hope this team continues the trend. Four out of five sounds real nice. 3-1 in our division sounds even nicer. And four wins overall make this season look a whole lot more optimistic.
All we need to do is channel 2011 all over again.
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