Say what you will about Pacino or this movie but there's a certain truth in the final part of this speech and it's very relevant to this team right now.
On this team, we fight for that inch. On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch. We claw with our finger nails for that inch. Cause we know when we add up all those inches that's going to make the f*cking difference between WINNING and LOSING between LIVING and DYING. I'll tell you this in any fight it is the guy who is willing to die who is going to win that inch...................Now I can't make you do it. You gotta look at the guy next to you. Look into his eyes. Now I think you are going to see a guy who will go that inch with you. You are going to see a guy who will sacrifice himself for this team because he knows when it comes down to it, you are gonna do the same thing for him.
Talent only takes an individual or a team so far. Eventually attitude/desire/heart/a will to win take over and either make the difference between being successful or downright pathetic. Of course there has to be a certain level of talent before the second part of that equation can take over but I really believe that this team is talented enough to be compete with teams like the Niners, especially at home. The problem with this team isn't something that can be measured. It's a mindset, or better said, a complete lack thereof. Need proof? Check out this quote from one of our defensive leaders:
"It's tough because you don't know what you are playing for," defensive tackle Darnell Dockett said. "We are used to trying to get into the playoffs."
WTF? You don't know what you're playing for? How about pride or honor or even the millions of dollars you're paid to be a professional? Ah hell, I'll just let Herm Edwards answer this one......"YOU PLAY TO WIN THE GAME!!!!!"
The most depressing part of Nine-0's statement though is that despite a record well south of .500, the Cardinals still had a realistic shot at the playoffs heading into Monday nights game. Either way though, that doesn't sound like a guy who's willing to fight and die for an inch. It doesn't sound like someone clawing with his fingernails for that inch. It doesn't sound like a guy who's willing to sacrifice himself for this team. And to make matters worse, based on what we saw on Monday night, I think the rest of his team mates feel the exact same way. For whatever reason, this team has lost the stomach for the fight.
I hate to used a tired phrase like "same 'ole Cardinals" but that's the first thought that comes to mind when I see this team fold like a cheap tent every time it gets punched in the mouth.