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I was just wondering why coach Smith pushed one of his coaches on the sidelines, on national tv......John Lynch was talking and said...ohhhhh. But that was it. I thought to myself.....this is not good. I hope things are cool with the other coaches. Todays game was a good close hard fought game, but the best team won out. whew. just curious. olehippy13
IMHO the most important moves we can make above any signings is : 1st the defense line coach (yes replace CRH) to bring along the talant we have and any we pick ups He needs to.install some nasty mean mentally ! If we can't coach up what we have then find it. Just hasn't happened with CRH 2nd the offense line coach to get the fire back in these guys and fix the problem long term - no more short term fixes! We lost our inforcer in Dahl. Need a center and gaurd that people just fear in training camp and the season. I can't think of any training camp that Dahl wasn't fighting someone. I hope we spend the money on these two hires. its been since Ganville that we had that additude on our d-fense front.
I am glad that Mularkey and BVG are no longer with us -- not that they weren't good coordinators -- but we were not going to go any farther than we've been going with them. We need change, but the kind of change we bring in will go a long way to helping our team stay on our feet in January and not on their behinds watching the rest of the playoffs. Offensive Coordinator: It's tough to just name a name, but we need someone who will use our talent to the fullest. Whether you are a Michael Turner fan or not, you must acknowledge that he is no longer a feature back of a Super Bowl contender -- he looks old and slow and quite frankly a little fat. Without his Earl Campbell-ish running abilities, he really limits our offense because he can't catch. That's why our offense became so vanilla, if Turner was on the field we were much easier to stop. He wasn't a threat if we were going to pass so one less person to worry about, and since he took 3 seconds to reach the line of scrimmage he was no longer much of a threat running the ball. Whether you love, like, or hate Matt Ryan now is the time to see what we have at the quarterback position. We need to move to a passing offense that supplements it with some runs and not the other way around. We have Roddy White (who is slowing down), Tony Gonzalez (who has slowed down tremendously), and Julio Jones (whether you like the trade or not we have him now and he's going to be a star). We need a pass-first coordinator and a creative one at that. I'd like to see what Philbin from Green Bay could do with Matt Ryan and these weapons, particularly if he could lure Jermichael Finley over as Gonzalez's replacement. Bill O'Brien would have been a good hire but he's now the head coach at Penn State. Charlie Weis is an interesting name because he's certainly an offensive whiz and made Cassel look worth the investment in Kansas City. A coordinator from Detroit would make sense as well. To really get the most out of this coordinator we'd need to bring in a great slot receiver in free agency or the draft (I am working on an offseason and will post it in the NFL Draft/Free Agency forum) and move to a 3 WR set as our base offense. Defensive Coordinator: We are slightly hamstrung on who we can hire at DC because our defense cannot be converted to a 3-4 without creating even more needs. Yes, Lofton and Weatherspoon inside a 3-4 D would be excellent and similar to Willis and Bowman and San Fran, but we have no edge rushers (Abraham couldn't handle 3-4 OLB in NY, Edwards isn't a 3-4 OLB) and no 3-4 linemen. Looking strictly at 4-3 defensive coordinators, we need someone who can conjure up a pass rush because Abraham cannot do it alone and Ray Edwards cannot beat a decent right tackle one-on-one. Adding more to our problems is that Babineaux is beginning to slow down and we have been unsuccessful finding a partner at DT or an heir (Peria Jerry was a miserable bust and Corey Peters is average). All of our safeties with the exception of William Moore are average. Thomas DeCoud is what he is now and will not continue developing -- people that say he'll keep getting better don't realize he's going to be 27 in 2 months and this is his prime right now. Maybe our lack of pass rush prevented his further development, but either way we are where we are. Spagnuolo is an interesting name and wouldn't be a bad hire, but he was successful in NY with the best 4-3 DE rotation in the NFL. That pass rush won them the Super Bowl, and it wasn't creativity on his part getting the sacks. He then went to the Rams, tried to run the same defense and it was amongst the absolute worst in the league with Chris Long as the lone pass rusher at DE (similar to our D-Line). It's possible he could get something out of Ray Edwards and that would make a difference, but I'm not entirely sold. We need someone who is comfortable using blitzes to create pressure, unlike BVG who played zone and let our front 4 (not) get to the passer. Weatherspoon and Nicholas are good blitzers and they should be used. We also need more man coverage because Dunta looks lost in zone sometimes and Brent should be able to run with anyone. Tight man coverage with some creativity in blitzing could really help our pass defense. Jack Del Rio is an interesting idea, until you realize that's like asking your proud former boss to come work for you after he's been fired and you have the better gig. Tricky chemistry question, and I'd rather bypass it.