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  1. Smitty and bro in law Brian Billick doing color on AAF Arizona vs Memphis on NFL Network now. Dan Hellie doing play by play.
  2. I'll probably get flamed for this but I'm dead serious. Smittyball is predicated on a slow, methodical offense which chews time off the clock and scores at the end of drives. This is combined with a defense which doesn't regularly make big plays but limits mistakes to keep offenses in check. I hated it back when Mike Smith was here but in hindsight I can see why he did it. Our defenses under Mike Smith were not good (as I'm sure you all remember). We often gave up a lot of points and allowed teams to score on us quickly. Because of that Smitty did his best to keep the ball in the offense's hands and keep our defense rested for the end of the game. This worked out well for us even though things always fell apart in the playoffs. Dan Quinn on the otherhand is all about just going out and playing. I don't think he does a good job of understanding the dynamics of the game in that respect. It seems like under him it's "all go all the time". We never take the foot off the break, consequences be ****ed. This is exciting and I love it under the right circumstances but it's a very boom or bust philosophy. The Superbowl showed both sides of this philosophy. Through the 3rd quarter, we were booming. Offense had their foot on the pedal and the defense was making big plays. From the end of the 3rd on though, the "bust" side happened. Offense came out there and kept doing what we'd been doing but because we couldn't execute we quickly gave the ball back and we all know what happened from there. All I'm saying is that with a defense this depleted we need to do all we can to limit how much they're out there. We can't keep going score-for-score with teams like this. We need a more ball control offense and a defense that limits mistakes even if it's at the expense of trying to make the big play. We don't have the talent right now to keep trodding these guys out there to get lit up like this. If we want to win, bring back Smittyball.
  3. Pewter Report’s Scott Reynolds says DC Mike Smith is on the hot seat. Smith is under fire after getting badly exposed the last two weeks. The Bucs have been among the worst defenses in the league, giving up a 500-plus yard game to Derek Carr Week 8 and not forcing a punt in Thursday night’s loss. This entire season has been a regression from Smith, who’s coaching under his former coordinator. There's rumors his scheme is "too complicated" from last season's Tampa-2. Smith’s relationship with Dirk Koetter buys him some time, but he's in danger of an in-season firing. http://www.rotoworld.com/player/nfl/8337/mike-smith This isn't exactly good news for me. I really do want Smith to have a great stretch being a coordinator in this league or even as a head coach again some day. That said that last part about the scheme being "too complicated" is all too familiar....
  4. I downloaded it on audible the other day and something he was talking about really stood out to me. He went to talk about the 2014 season and how going into the NO game in week 16, we were in the playoff mix. He said the day before the game there was an article saying an unknown source said if the FO made a change they would look towards Rex Ryan. He said he should have squashed the rumors then and there but he didn't. We ended up winning that game which lead to a head to head matchup against CAR for the division title and playoff spot. The morning of the CAR game he heard that the Falcons leaked a report saying the FO hired a search committee to find their next head coach. We all know what happened, we lost. He said we played the worst game we had played in his tenure. He believes the report had played a part (distraction) in the reason we lost. Which made me think. What if the leak never happened. Would we have won that game? Would we have stayed with him? He also talked about Cowher being let go the year after they had won the SB. He believes he saw the problem and knew that he could have righted the ship. The reason we went in a downward spiral was because he lost the culture and what made us successful. I tend to believe him. At the same time I believe a change was necessary. It was an interesting book. I respect Mike Smith and I hope he goes to another team and makes them successful. If you've got 20 bucks I'd recommend picking it up. Glad Quinn is here. Just looking back and listening to what he said, was he right?
  5. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stat-analysis/2015/aggressiveness-index-2014 Not going to post the full article, because it's massive, and has a few tables. Concerning Smith, his 2009 season was one of the most aggressive seasons by a coach they've recorded. On the other hand, after the 2011 play-off loss, Mike Smith became one of the most conservative coaches of the past 25 years. In fact, 2012 and 2014 were some of the most conservatively called offenses they've recorded.
  6. Jack Del Rio is expected to become the next head coach of the Oakland Raiders. Chris Mortensen of ESPN reports that the Raiders are expected to finalize the deal as early as today. Del Rio had a long second interview with the Raiders yesterday, meeting with owner Mark Davis, General Manager Reggie McKenzie and other members of the team’s brain trust, including Hall of Fame coach John Madden. That interview apparently went well enough that Del Rio wants the job and the Raiders want him. The 51-year-old Del Rio was previously the head coach of the Jaguars from 2003 to 2011. He spent the last three seasons as defensive coordinator of the Broncos. I suspect he then hires Smitty as the DC. I'll like to see what Smitty can do with a different roster. I've called California "home" for the past 15 years now, I'll be closely monitoring this situation. The Raiders may have themselves a new fan lol. Just an update.
  7. (Instead of over/under) Mike Smith will be fired before/after Monday?
  8. http://profootballmock.com/facebookchat/nfl-qbs-on-facebook-f-giving/ The Mike Smith timing jokes had me dying . I still can't stop laughing.
  9. http://msn.foxsports.com/nfl/story/bucs-mccoy-rules-are-shaky-nfl-is-getting-soft-111913 Bucs' McCoy: 'Rules are shaky,' NFL is getting 'soft' ROSS JONES FOX Sports NOV 19, 2013 7:36p ET + NOV 19, 2013 7:36p ET Kim Klement / USA TODAY Sports Buccaneers defensive tackle Gerald McCoy is in his third season in the NFL. FOX Sports ROSS JONES Share This Story Tweet Updated NOV 20, 2013 11:34a ET Buccaneers defensive lineman Gerald McCoy believes player safety rules significantly put defensive players at a disadvantage, both schematically and physically. "I think the rules are shaky," McCoy said on The Peter Schrager Podcast Tuesday. "I think they're making the NFL a little soft now, you know? I'm all for protecting the players. I don't want anybody to ever play this game to get hurt. That's not the reality because people are going to get hurt. It's too physical of a game. Me, personally, I don't want to see anybody get hurt. "But the way the game is played now, it's like you can't do anything. I got a personal foul Sunday. I hit Matt Ryan square in his numbers, the helmet was to the side of his number. When I slowed it down, my helmet didn't even hit him in the chest. My helmet was to the side, but they said I ducked my head, so that's a personal foul." McCoy's concerns validate the notion that defensive players are letting up to avoid being penalized or fined. Buccaneers safety Dashon Goldson, who was suspended a game for illegal helmet-to-helmet contact, has also been the subject of a $100,000 fine for a Week 2 hit. "Guys are trying not to use their helmet," McCoy said. "Honestly man, a lot of tackles are being missed because guys are slowing down. You look at the numbers of tackles being missed by people, a lot of the tackles missed are going up by the year because everybody is nervous about this or nervous about that. They don't want to get fined." SCHRAGER SPEAKS What's the good word? Peter Schrager lets you know in his weekly podcast. Head to iTunes to hear it! While the NFL has been taking proper precautions to make the game safer for offensive players, McCoy believes the rules leave some defensive players vulnerable. "They want to protect the players, but as a defensive lineman there are certain blocks I feel are [illegal]," McCoy said. "I got put out of the game in Seattle because of a cut block that I felt was illegal, but it wasn't. It was legal. "What about when Jamaal Charles cut Brian Cushing when he was blitzing? He tore his ACL on a cut block, you know? But it was a perfectly legal block." In light of DeCouds latest Tweet and after reading this article, it is apparent why we suck azz so bad with tackling on defense. Mike Smith -or- Nolan does not want the team to draw unnecessary penalties on personal fouls by leading with the helmet. I believe this has been coached into our scheme since the competition committee made it a rule years ago. Wonder if your boy McKay has some say in the scheme since he is a Chairman for the committee. Do you think that Blank has made McKay's say in scheme just as important as Smitty's due to "insider knowledge"? We know that Smitty does not want the boys to draw penalties, but one could argue this is one of the reasons we do not tackle well on defense. Does the hits that Robinson put on Jackson and Maclin stand out in Smitty or McKay's mind? I just find it hard to believe a defensive minded coach would constantly stand idle and watch some players no wrap up. Thoughts?
  10. Since all of us Fans are arm chair coaches. I thought I would ask if you were the Atlanta Falcons coach Mike Smith given these questions by the media at this point in time what your answers might be to these questions? This is just for fun of course. Media Question : "What is the current status of your players who were injured sunday?" 1 Answer : In terms of injuries - "ANSWER HERE " Media Question : "Do you consider the offensive line a step back from last season by comparison?" 2 Answer : In terms of the offensive line : "ANSWER HERE" Media Question : "Was it a mistake to not resign Abraham at this point coach?" 3 Answer : In terms of Abraham - "ANSWER HERE" Media Question : "Do you expect to give Trueblood some playing time given the status of the offense line anytime soon?" 4 Answer : In terms of Blood - "ANSWER HERE' Media Question : "Do you have any intentions of giving some of the RB's that have yet to see regular season playing time considering the Falcons are carrying so many RB's?" 5 Answer : In terms of playing RB's - "ANSWER HERE" Media Question : "Is the loss of Kroy B. for the season something that should be a serious concern for the Falcons?" 6 Answer : In terms of Kroy - "ANSWER HERE" Media Question : " Can you explain the 2nd half woes of the Falcons when getting a substantial lead going into halftime?" 7 Answer : In term of leads and scoring - "ANSWER HERE". Feel free to add to this list, please answer as though you were coach first though. This is all just for fun. I'm not knocking Mike Smith at all, I'm just wondering how some of you might answer these questions if you were the coach of the Falcons at this point in time. GO FALCONS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
  11. But here is MS compared to rest of NFL coaches. http://falconsblitz....ing-big-in-nfl/
  12. Just heard an interview with SMitty saying that when asked about what holes the team has and what they need to do - said his typical blah blah but then said they focused on Oline last year in the draft so probably wont be going that route this year, - Id say that pretty much wed be going Def with atleast the first two, also wouldnt be surprised if we traded up or down -
  13. anyone catch mike smith's interview this morning? If so, please recap. *edit - changed his to mike smith for clarification
  14. Man this guys has the hands and feet of LaDainian Tomlinson, the power of Maurice Jones Drew, the pass blocking ability of a full back and hasn’t fumble the ball since he first got a jersey with his name on the back of it(High School)! Not to mention Turner can’t do any of the above. MIKE SMITH FEATURE THIS GUY, 20 Carries, 5-10 Catches. Let’s go! Man C’mon. He makes defenders look like they was trying to catching a rabbit. And he does it in small spaces. COME OOOON ! Smith. Im going to poke my eye out watching The game if I have to watch Turner Slam into the offensive line aver and over again.
  15. Atlanta_Falcons ‏@Atlanta_Falcons Coach Smith said he’s confident that he’ll get Sean Weatherspoon back into the mix on the field this week: http://atlfal.co.nz/RTq7Uu #atlno12 This is great news. If Julio plays the entire game, and Spoon was healthy, I'm confident yesterday was a different game. but it's over and now all we can do is look forward to the Cards. We do still possess the best record in the NFL, so all you fairweather fans can go and shoot yourselves. I'm glad Spoon is returning. He didn't just serve as an excellent player, but he got the defense hype and pumped them up. Spoon was the leader on the D, and now he's coming back. The Cardinals are coming off of a BYE(I hate that), and we have yet to play a complete game at home this year. It's the perfect time to do so, coming off of a loss. I really hope the Falcons are destroy the Cardinals, but I wouldn't count on it. Anyways, the Cards have a subpar passing game despite their weapons, and a run game almost as bad as ours. Their OL is horrible, but for some reason I feel they may have success against our defense, because of what I've seen lately. Their defense is what really got them to 4-0, and they will be coming to the GA Dome refreshed. We are playing a team coming off of a BYE for the 3rd time, and if I wasn't so lazy I'd check to see if that's the most in the league. The Cards are great at defending the pass, but suck against the run. They're almost as bad as us. Still, I don't think Turner would do much against them. Hopefully Snelling gets the ball a few times, since he absolutely wrecked the Cardinals in 2010. This game will be tougher than it looks, and can easily be lost if the Falcons aren't focused after that game against the Saints.
  16. http://www.thepostga...-revolution-nfl For those who know Oregon coach Chip Kelly's mannerisms, his trademark smirk was in full effect. This was during the Ducks' first real "test" this season, a home game against Arizona, and they saw their opening drive end when the Wildcats stuffed quarterback Marcus Mariota for a 4-yard loss on fourth and 1. After the tackle, Arizona linebackers rejoiced with passionate fist pumps and jumped on top of each other like frogs mating. The Wildcats were getting the ball in field-goal range (Oregon's 35-yard line) with a chance to take an early lead on the No. 3-ranked Ducks, but more importantly, they had just won their first battle against Kelly's virtually unstoppable "Quack Attack" offense. Yet, as he paced the Oregon sideline, Kelly reeked of smugness. Kelly had set the tone, and his demeanor made clear that he was unperturbed by the outcome of the previous play. Kelly goes for it on fourth down consistently and confidently. Oregon's players, on both sides of the ball, comprehend Kelly's strategy. The Ducks didn't convert, but they didn't care, because they knew the following equations would hold true: Oregon's offense > Arizona's defense Chip Kelly > Every other coach in college football Oregon's next fourth-and-short came late in the second quarter when the Ducks faced a fourth-and-2 on their own 34-yard line. Kelly went for it again, and this time Kenjon Barner ran for six yards and a first down. Oregon went on to a 16-play scoring drive that ate up all but 28 seconds of the first half and totally deflated Arizona's defense. Oregon went on to score 36 points in the second half en route to a 49-0 win. Those fourth down calls epitomize Kelly's aggressiveness but what the average football fan doesn't realize is that Chip's play-calls (the fourth down tries, fake punts, two-point conversions, etc.) are almost always the correct mathematical decision. Like Paul DePodesta and Billy Beane did in baseball, Kelly's genius comes from exploiting arithmetic that other coaches are too naïve to acknowledge. Six years ago, Chip Kelly was the offensive coordinator at the University of New Hampshire. In January, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers fired coach Raheem Morris and targeted Kelly as his replacement. Although Chip turned down the Bucs' offer because he had "unfinished business" at Oregon (read: national championship), Kelly's ascent through the coaching ranks has been nothing short of extraordinary. From an assistant at a Division I-AA school to turning down an NFL head coaching job in six years. Not bad, Chip. Not bad. It's a shame Kelly didn't take his talents to Tampa because he would have single-handedly changed the way the NFL game is played by this point in the season. He'd turn the focus away from concussions and make people realize that football is a chess match, a game of strategy, and when played correctly, a beautiful thing. Here's an example of how the NFL works. The Miami Dolphins were 1-15 in 2007 and started off the '08 season 0-2. In Week 3, they instituted the Wildcat offense, finished 11-3, and made the playoffs. Pundits argued that the Wildcat was a gimmick, that defenses would adjust, that it would never last, and they were partially right. Defenses did adjust, yet somehow, five years later, more than fifty percent of NFL teams have a version of the Wildcat in their playbook. Why does this matter? Because when something catches on in the NFL, everyone jumps on the bandwagon. At first they refute it, call it a fluke, and then eventually, when a team wins 11 out of 14 games after losing 17 of its previous 18, they realize that there might be something to the newfound strategy and hurry to insert into their playbooks. The NFL is a cat and mouse league. This is how and why Chip Kelly will modernize the game in the same way that Billy Beane's triumphs showed baseball executives that getting on base is more important than batting average. Soon enough Kelly will take over an NFL team. (A national championship is possible this season, but those Bama boys are a different breed and that Saban fella is a pretty incredible coach in his own right.) Whenever Kelly does enter the league, he'll play the game aggressively, with "aggressively" meaning in a mathematically logical fashion. By the end of the season every coach will be going for it on fourth down, attempting fake punts, fake field goals, two-point conversions, and they'll likely do all of this oblivious to the fact that there's astounding mathematical evidence supporting the decisions they're making. They'll just see Chip Kelly's team lighting up the scoreboard and follow suit because … well, 90 percent of NFL coaches are followers. The fact that the league has ignored such rudimentary math for so long and that the average team's miscalculations account for approximately one loss per year (we'll get to that later) is mind-boggling. How has there not been a revolt? How have millions of fans watched silently as NFL coaches, refusing to stray from orthodoxy, continually punt away games (pun very much intended)? How has there not been a boycott? These men are at the height of their profession and haven't utilized information that's been available for more than 10 years. It's the same exact thing that happened in baseball, but in this case, Bill James comes in the form of astrophysicist Chuck Bower and his partner Frank Frigo. Frigo and Bower invented the Zeus computer program, which takes fourth-down situations such as the ones Oregon had against Arizona, and and runs them to conclusion as many as a million times to determine the optimum play-call. The system incorporates the teams' characteristics, ball position, yards to first down, clock, and timeouts. Needless to say, these guys are smart. Complex algorithms aside, the outcomes are incredibly simple. Zeus tells us that teams should almost always go for it on fourth and short, attempt more onsides kicks, go for two-point conversions, in other words, do all the things that Chip Kelly does on a routine basis. But the most important thing to take away from Zeus' findings is that the math isn't even close. The numbers are so overwhelming that teams that kick field goals on fourth and short at the 20-yard line aren't just wrong, they're so wrong it's ludicrous. For the Texas Hold ‘Em players out there, kicking a field goal in that situation is like folding pocket aces pre-flop against a smaller pocket pair. You're conceding when you're the overwhelming favorite. Even if the guy hits his set and wins the hand, you don't have any regrets. You know you made the right call and that you'll win the hand a majority of the time. NFL teams kick the field goal and "take the points" virtually every time when in reality a field goal kicker (like a punter) should only be used in times of desperation. When it's fourth and 15, for example. Note: Zeus breaks down its calculations into GWC or "Game Winning Chance." By going for the field goal in the previous example -- fourth and 1 at the 20-yard line -- a team decreases its chances of winning by X percent. Since there are so few offensive plays in the average game (usually around 70-90 depending on the team) every punt or field goal attempt chosen incorrectly can have a profound effect on the outcome of the game. Here's an example of how the abstract concept of "momentum" carries far more weight with NFL authorities than concrete mathematics. It's the first round of the 2009 AFC playoffs and the Chargers have a 7-0 lead against the Jets. The Chargers have fourth and inches at their own 47-yard line with a little more than nine minutes left in the 2nd quarter. What does Chargers coach Norv Turner decide to do? He decides to punt of course! And the Chargers, as you may remember, had one of the best offenses in the league that season, not to mention that Philip Rivers, or any other quarterback for that matter, can convert a 6-inch sneak 99 percent of the time. From what you just read, you're fully aware this was a preposterous decision, but Phil Simms, who was announcing the game, pontificated for several minutes that Turner made the right call because the Chargers couldn't risk losing momentum. He wouldn't stop talking about the importance of momentum and how the Chargers would instantly lose it, whatever "it" may be, had they gone for the first down and not converted. No mention of the momentum that would have been created had the Chargers converted the fourth down, which they would have done easily. In Phil's eyes, those handsome blue eyes, Turner's call was undoubtedly the right one, and the fact it didn't work out – San Diego didn't score again until the fourth quarter after falling behind 17-7 -- was unlucky. The trouble with luck, cousin to momentum, brother to coincidence, is that there's no way to calculate it. Rex Ryan, a man's man, not afraid of fourth and short (or sticking his foot in his mouth), would jam the decision down Turner's throat when he converted on fourth and 1 at the end of the game. Thomas Jones rewarded the logical strategic move with a 2-yard run. But really, both decisions were no-brainers. Just one guy is less of moron. In addition to the NFL's ineptitude on fourth down, the game's infuriating conservatism trickles down into all play-calling aspects of the game. In 2009 ESPN the Magazine offered this statistic: In college football that year, the kicking team had recovered 63 percent of onsides kicks when the receiving team was expecting a normal kickoff (the "hands" team wasn't on the field). The Saints won the Super Bowl that season because they started off the second half with an onsides kick recovery. It was a brilliant call by Sean Payton, who along with Bill Belichick, are the two NFL coaches who appear to have a fairly firm grasp on football's mathematics. In fact, Belichick met with Frigo and Bower shortly after they invented Zeus, but passed on purchasing the super computer's services. My guess is that Bill got all the information he needed during their meeting, namely, that the math says to go for it on fourth and short, a decision he's made repeatedly throughout his brilliant tenure in New England. What Zeus tells us with undeniable statistical evidence is that teams are costing themselves possessions, points, and most importantly, wins, by ignoring the math inside the game. Although Kelly is the standard for strategic brilliance, it's important to note that USC coach Lane Kiffin possesses the same aggressiveness. USC has been a huge disappointment this season. But given its personnel and Kiffin's propensity to make the correct call on fourth down (despite being a horrendous play-caller in general), at least the Trojans won't sacrifice any chance of winning Saturday, when the Trojans host the Ducks, due to mathematical naïveté. In fact, assuming the Ducks play Alabama in the BCS national championship game, which I believe will be the case, the Ducks "Game Winning Chance" could increase fairly significantly due to Kelly's refusal to give up the ball. It hurts to diminish Nick Saban in any way because he's by far the best recruiter/defensive mind/man-molder of anyone else in the business, but if he has a weak link against Oregon, it's that he won't entrust McCarron and new offensive coordinator Doug Nussmeier (who's fantastic) in fourth and short situations. He'd rather punt it away and play defense. Enough conversions by the Ducks and punts by the Tide might make that game far more interesting. If you're an NFL fan, think about all the games you've watched in your lifetime that have been botched by dumb coaching. How many real and fantasy football games have you or your favorite team lost because guys like Norv Turner, Phil Simms, and other so-called "experts" preach about momentum rather than mathematics? Perhaps the most glaring offseason example of the NFL's conformist nature came from the Jacksonville Jaguars. The Jags spent a third-round pick (very valuable for any NFL team) on Cal punter Bryan Anger, essentially saying that they expect their offense to be incompetent. So for all you Jacksonville fans out there, all 12 of you, I wonder how it feels knowing that your team cannot wait to punt the ball. Shahid Khan seems like a pretty smart guy. I hope he reads this and sends the Jags in a different direction. I'd assume they'd sell more tickets if they cut their punter, traded for Tebow, and did what Kevin Kelley did at Pulaski High. That's the best part about the math: It says that NFL games are far too conservative. It says that coaches need to loosen up, air it out, embrace creativity. This is why the NFL needs Chip Kelly. In the meantime, if you're a football fan, and your team kicks a field goal on fourth-and-1 on the 25 yard-line, leave the stadium and don't come back. That decision, which happens in almost every NFL game on a weekly basis, is the equivalent of an MLB manager starting a guy with a .300 On-Base Percentage instead of a guy with a .400 On-Base Percentage because the guy with a .300 OBP is 6-5 with great shoulders and a handsome smile. Baseball had its "Moneyball" revolution. The NFL will too, but first, Chip Kelly needs to win a national championship. All I can say is, go Ducks.
  17. Mike Smith, seen fuming on the Falcons sideline after his defense had surrendered 24 straight points, needs to accept a little responsibility himself. Matt Ryan and Michael Turner were pulled in the 2nd quarter, taking the steam out of the offense. Not very fair to leave your defense in that position, days after they had been chewed up in New Orleans the previous Monday and with a playoff gaming looming as early as Saturday. Atlanta had the chance to really show the killer instinct that has been sorely lacking. The failure to do so rests with Mike Smith.
  18. Ok guys, I have sat and watched and been a pretty active poster for a while here. I took some days off the board, because the lunatic fringe was in full force for a couple of days, after we sheet the bed against the Texans. I don't think it is one player on this team that is to blame. I also don't think ANYONE gets a pass this season. I will say that in my head a good bit of our problems trace to one certain area: NO Offseason: Yes, this was a problem for lots of teams, and yes, the Pack, the 49ers, Saints, Ravens, Steelers etc seem to be unaffected, but I contend that this team was hurt a lot by not having an offseason. We all knew Julio was raw in some spots, and polished in others. With a full offseason, he could have been a lot more prepared. Also, I think the lack of an offseason didn't allow Roddy time to warm up to the idea of having a viable #2. The Offensive Line lost a leader in Dahl, no matter how much we as fans didn't see it, this guy was apparently the glue holding the line together. He's a Ram now, so there is nothing to be done there, but not having a full offseason, didn't allow this unit to gel into a cohesive unit. Also having Baker play LT, and imitating a swinging kitchen door didn't help. Which leads us to: Matt Ryan...he has not had a good season. We have seen some highs (better ball distribution, flashes of hitting guys in stride, and the money accuracy he shows in the 10-15 yard passes)...we have definitely seen some lows (consistently over/underthrowing receivers [if it's a strength thing, I got $5 on pitching in for a Bowflex for the guy...maybe the ShakeWeight] making poor reads due to perceived pressure, whether real or not, and just being OFF), but the man is clearly not in sync. I will not say he "hasn't gotten better since his rookie season" because that is a fallacy, but he has taken a big step back in his progression this year. We all saw his sophomore slump...what is this, a senior year slump? The offseason could have given him time to settle in with the new pieces (Julio, the line, Quizz etc) and perhaps given him time to work on deep balls with the coaches. Mularkey and Van Gorder (the Stache) are both playing schemes that worked when people wore leather helmets, and TV's had no color, but this is a new age. The rules have changed, and you either change with them, or you can go coach at West Texas Christian Polytechnical Universty College. I don't care, as do most of our fans. I think changes are coming in the coaching staff. I don't want Smitty to go, because I believe he is the guy, but I also don't want to be sitting here next year and thinking "just wait until next year". I fear if MM is left in his current role...we will be in the same spot. Not sure if the offseason would have helped this much, because this looks like "08 season, rinse-repeat, 09 season...rinse-repeat, 10 seaspm rinse-repeat" and on and on. I couldn't care less if I get flamed, because I am tired. I am happy we are 7-5. I am happy that we are heading towards 4 seasons in a row of winning, but I was and am a Braves fans. Division titles, playoff appearances are always nice, but nothing compares to the feeling of winning the big one. This team has miles to go before it sleeps to get to a Lombaridi, and hopefully this Sunday can be that first step in that progression. /end rant
  19. NFC South Blog - ESPN NFL Head Coaches Ratings Week 4 - National Football League - ESPN "Smith, who often has had an approval rating of around 80 percent, has plummeted to 26 percent in the Week 4 voting. Only six coaches rank below him. Things like that tend to happen when you come into a season picked by some to win the Super Bowl and you start off 1-2. I'm guessing if there were a similar poll for coordinators, Atlanta offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey would have an even lower approval rating than Smith."
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