Well, I'm as angry as anyone but I still see that they took a big step forward this year, unfortunately its really the first time in years they have been able to identify talent at the margins that they could play to their strengths to add depth, and even fix a guy's development (Jose Alvarado). When this team plays they way they are capable, and that's just having players perform at career norms, i think it's a team that can compete in the playoffs. What I can't explain is a team with all that talent that every September looks flat, disinterested and that plays so far down below their abilities. Maybe it is because there is a different skillset needed to win, I don't know.
Maybe part of it is the "don't panic" mentality that doesn't seem to respond to urgency. The quotes coming from the team and Thomson- "just trying to relax and have fun" "we don't really talk about the playoffs" "we've been in these kinds of funks before and come out of it"...well, you don't have time, every game does count, and maybe you should be focused on where you are and what it takes to get to the playoffs.