Forgot how long many years it was in a row that we didnt make the playoffs heading into 2011-2012 season think it was 2, if we didnt get in and made it 3 coughlin would be out we all know that.
Personally I think developing talent is more important than retaining talent (at certain positions). We have a franchise QB which is the hardest position to develop/fill. There's only a handful of these of QB's and most teams are still trying to find one of their own. I have no problems with us having a lot of money invested in Eli. The better teams in the league are the ones that get the most out of the talent they have and recognize when to cut ties with players who aren't producing well enough. I think we've done a good job developing talent, but have remained too loyal to certain players who clearly underperform whether that's because of age or injury. DD and Nicks are good examples. DD isn't the player he was, and Nicks shouldn't have been playing with his injuries because he was just a liability on the field in most games.
It's simple. If he plays like he did last year it's not a problem. If he plays like he did this year it is. He is a huge investment for this team.
As for the person who said DE, LB and QB that 32 isn't old in the NFL, that is hilarious. 32 is old in the NFL no matter what position, maybe except Kicker / Punter. Of course you get the exceptions like Strahan, Ray Lewis, Peyton Manning ect...