No offense, but you are calling people crazy, uninformed, dumb, etc and yet you are not giving us a prediction of your own.
You state that people said this, so now they should be saying this.
Well that's not how it works, especially when you are talking about people in the media, who are not held accountable for their predictions last week, much less last year.
Maybe Desmond thinks we will win every game and go undefeated, but he doesn't want to come off like Lou or Lee, so he tempers it a little bit on TV.
Or maybe he is blowing smoke when he talks about how good we are, and really thinks it is going to take time to be good again.
All I'm saying is that 8 wins does not seem like a crazy or ridiculous prediction to me.
You claim we have an easier schedule this year, but I think that's debatable.
Also, if you look at our losses from last season, many of them were not close games. So even if we do get better at nearly every position, we could still lose 3+ games.
Football is a strange game where injuries, ball luck, emotion, focus, momentum, etc all play a role in how a game or season plays out.
Personally, I could see this team winning 10 games and I could see them winning 6. So if I had to make a final prediction, I would probably go with 7-8 wins. And I think thats the way a lot of people are looking at this season. If lots of things go right, we can challenge for the BIG. Lots of things go wrong, we could barely make a bowl game.
I just don't think that makes anyone stupid, crazy, or uninformed.