The stages, popularly known by the acronym DABDA, include:
Denial — "This can't be happening."
I have definitely gone thru this stage and it is recorded for all to see in my season prediction thread. "Hello - earth to Dean, did you not watch all 4 of the preseason games?!"
Anger — "It's not fair!"; '"Who is to blame?"
I believe I'm in this stage now. Blaming the oline, blaming Ben for his turnovers, blaming Colbert for poor talent evaluation, blaming Tomlin (if you will) for poor game management, lack of player development and idiotic, cliche ridden post game pressers.
Bargaining — "I'll do anything for a few more years."
I hope to skip this stage. It doesn't seem productive or useful to me. Its pretty obvious that the Steelers as constituted right now are not likely to eke out a couple more winning seasons and if that happens it will only hurt our drafting status anyway
Depression — "I'm so sad, why bother with anything?"
I don't think I will actually get depressed and if it occurs it will likely be a short-lived stage. After all - though I love the Steelers, it is just a game.
Acceptance — "It's going to be okay.";
The ultimate goal - realization of the true situation. Yes, we are in a rebuilding mode. Cycles happen in life. Age and years of late drafting position and poor talent evaluation catch up to everyone at some point. It's not the end of the world and the Men of Steel will be back!
That was cathartic.