Wow yeah I've had a lot of changes in my years on this site (it's been over ten for me) but I also realize I will almost certainly NEVER win an NT in HD. It's so far from realistic that I don't even have it as a goal now.
I've done well at the other games, but while I'm decent at HD, I'm just not that good. With some of my teams, especially in certain seasons, I just consider myself successful if I make the postseason at all.
HD is more about the fun of team building with occasional success rather than building a dynasty or pursuing the NT Championship, both of which as I said seem far outside my grasp.