Originally Posted by nycdan
For many teams in true SC hell, it takes 2 or 3 years to dig out. We can do it in one season. Yes, it will be an austerity program and we won't be signing much new talent this year so don't expect 10-6 or better, but by 2014 we'll be in pretty good shape and able to be back in contention. That's the price we have to pay for the way Tannenbaum managed the roster the past five years. Sucks, but the league has seen worse.
No it doesn't. If you're willing to do what the Colts did, it never takes more than a year or two.
You go into an offseason saying "We're not paying anyone more than $1M/yr in free agency" and cut a bunch of overpaid players. Any team in cap hell can get out of it by simply cutting a few players. We're fortunate that the players that have us in a bad spot aren't even productive players.