I was just reading an Ed Bouchette Chat Transcript, and it reminded me of something I'd thought about the day it happened, but hadn't thought of it since.
When Mike called last season "a failure", I was at first shocked. I guess after us starting at 2-6, I was just happy to have ended as good as we did, and have said as much. I also thought "Man, he's takin a chance sayin that to the Rooneys and the team, and even to the fans".
But after the initial shock, I realized what he's REALLY saying. He will NOT be happy, or put up with, less than what they can do. And if he considers 8-8 a "failing season", what does that tell us about what he expects to push them to accomplish??
It sounds as though he's expecting more than a .500 season even to start off with in his first year, as anything less will be a failure in his eyes.
Of course, our guys have to do their part as well. Even though a coach always takes the brunt of the blame if things go bad, when it comes down to it, he's not the one on the field making (or NOT making) the plays. Hopefully Mike can prod, push, threaten--whatever it takes to get out of our guys what he (and all of us) knows they're capable of