I am an American Infantryman ~ not active, you understand, but there are no "former" American Infantrymen.
When I served, my best Battalion Commander and his subordinates always preached "Pushing It DownField." That was a tactical philosophy, but one that applies strategically, as well: It would be wonderful if we could plan and prepare our conflagrations and have events & enemies comply with our visualizations. But it doesn't work that way.
The Fog of War disrupts all the best laid plans of mice & men.
Or as General Douglas MacArthur put it:
The Game is constantly changing and constantly evolving.
But the best and the brightest are changing and evolving with it...and don't need Years to get in sync.
And there's no sense in being super-synced in the first place, if your talent is mediocre.
Fortune favors the brave...and fortune favors those who seize the initiative.
Or in other words: Don't sit on your ass. Push it downfield. Sow confusion in The Enemy...and wreak havoc.
The great General George Patton once had a few words to share on the subject:
"Some goddamn fool once said that flanks have got to be secure. Since then sonofabitches all over the globe have been guarding their flanks. I don’t agree with that. My flanks are something for the enemy to worry about, not me.
Before he finds out where my flanks are, I’ll be cutting the bastard’s throat."
Or, if I may be so bold as to venture a second Quote ~ more concise ~ from the great General George Patton:
The Patriots entered this OffSeason with no less than forty spots that could be realistically upgraded.
Each season is its own story: The team that hits the field in September is an infant.
The team that hits the field in January...is a seasoned, developed adult.
By the time the Super Bowl comes around, all players are in sync.
I say let the weak concern themselves with continuity.
Several late Draft Pick swaps turned out to've transpired, that I most definitely would've lent a hand in, to the benefit of all parties, had I been around and had their possibilities been made known to me as of course they would've been!