While I agree with injuries having a huge impact, there isn't a significant way to prepare for those injuries other than doing what every team already tries to do: sign the best possible players and then add the best depth players possible. While I agree we have underperformed 3 out of the last 4 years (hard no to agree compared to the standards set previously), I think most fans forget the amount of change that can take place from year to year, good and bad. We have made some good additions this offseason as almost every analyst would agree upon, we also still have the draft coming up (as my sarcasm remarks made clear), so imo most fans want love to throw around the phrase "Not For Long" league only when it comes to bashing but choose to ignore the upside of "Not For Long."
While you may think we are not a good team, what we finished the last 3 out 4 years really doesn't matter, but last year can be used as a basis. We may have been 8 and 8 but its not like we were completely out of contention. I honestly believe that if Jimmy doesn't go down, we would of made the playoffs, which eluded to your point of injuries. So what did we do? Signed the best DB FA on the market. Signed a more than capable #2 corner who has started every game for 9 years. We signed Webb for depth, which I find absolutely hilarious that people bash that signing. We have Young who is a promising young CB. I know there is concerns about Jimmy's health, but I don't think there is any reason not be excited with the secondary we will field.
I will say that the pass rush situation worries me as well as the OL.
I believe im a realist and I see no reason why we cant compete, even at 8-8, that's competing. Don't confuse your standard of success to the actual act of succeeding, Meaning: So what if we go 8-8 and squeak into the playoffs, so what if we don't win the division but still make the playoffs, playoffs mean we have a chance to go all the way. Just because we don't go 12-4 every year doesn't mean we aren't a good time.