I would bet it would have zero effect on the on field product.
They are actively being told we are going to suck, that you (channeling Herm Edwards) don’t Play to win the game.
And yet this is demoralizing? I don’t see that at all.
When you play sports, you are told that you play to win. The Os are telling you the opposite. That is what would be demoralizing.
Plus, with him gone, other players get opportunity and that is obviously not demoralizing.
Yes. You come up with a guy, play with him, see him start to succeed, become friends...and he is traded away at the brink of success.
Yes. That is demoralizing. I get it, the team isn't making any attempts to field a competitive product, but they are trying to develop one. So when one of those players does develop and they are shipped out. Don't pretend the guys left over don't feel that.