As far as the talk about the roster being better/worse. All you need to do is take an honest look at our roster vs our division. We have guys like Orakpo, McNabb, Moss, Cooley, Fletcher, and Haynesworth, and maybe Landry but those are the only players on our team that are even in the conversation for best players at their position. The rest are a bunch of guys who we just hope to do well and not make mistakes.
I've realized the age and mediocrity of this roster for YEARS, and unfortunately Snyder hasn't heard me yet. But that doesn't mean that I've been wrong. If our roster was so talented, then it would be able to overcome some of the inept coaching decisions. Look at Dallas, able up put up good records the past few seasons in spite of their coach. Same for Philly. Part of our problem is the Gibbs philosophy of trusting only veterans (ala veteran leadership). Not only does it hinder the development of talent (ala DT), but it also lessens the incentive of putting youth on the roster because we're unlikely to utilize it. If Zorn had been given another year, then after what we saw last year we'd probably have had an influx of youth because the injuries forced him to play the young guys. But now we've got a new coach who wants to trust his own veterans. So we've gotta see where the team goes this year.
But I think its all about Shanny learning his team this year and if they can put together a Marty like run, then no problem, but I think its more about getting 53 men in the locker room who believe in his system and his approach than just a typical "win now" approach.