We've seen this train wreck before.
Sure, the faces and names change but the formula and premise remains unchanged.
Welcome to the 2013 Arizona Cardinals -- otherwise known as the "Same Ol' Cardinals".
Whether it be a QB that under performs or a large men in the trenches that are offensive in ways more than the one or a RB that can't seem to find a hole or Fitz being underutilized or another receiver taking over to relieve the pressure or a TE that could help stretch the field or a coach stubbornly trying to make his system work despite lack of players that fit his scheme-- this is what longtime AZ Cardinals fans have come to expect for more than a quarter of a century now. It's part and parcel of living in AZ... hot temperatures, beautiful sunsets, scorpions and losing football.
Now, the front office and venue (anyone miss those aluminum high school bleachers in 100 degree heat?) has supposedly changed for the good and the defense has surprisingly held their own despite the unpopular choice of of Todd Bowles over Ray Horton but that is also part of the legacy of this franchise: above average defense bailing out below normal offenses. If you like consistent banging of the head against wall, then man, this is your franchise.
Overreaction to a divisional loss? More than likely. Cards should/will bounce back to at least a respectable record and everything with this season's squad is new from the FO to the culture. Probably should wait it out and see where the road leads.
Conditioned to have a more than positive outlook? Definitely. We've seen this movie before and we all know too well how it ends. It's like watching Titanic without the love interests -- like the joke says moving all the deck chairs ain't going to do too much with helping a downed ship. The ubiquitous 5-11 record keeps flashing like an alarm clock in the back of your mind. The failings run on like a skip on a scratched record. It's like it's Groundhog Day.
It's like the Same Ol' Cardinals.