Nono Posted December 28, 2011 Share Posted December 28, 2011 (edited) Look I hope like hel we rebound and trounce Tampa and beat Detroit in the wildcard game and who knows. I thought we found our mojo but it looks like we were playing average teams the last five weeks till we got rocked in the Superdome.If, and I hope this isn't the way the season ends, if we beat Tampa and lose the wildcard game then what now?What has to happen to make this team better next year giving a few players are long in tooth (Gonzo, McClure, Abe and Turner isn't long for the league).Might I remind everyone we don't have 1st round pick and our needs are plenty---The OL has improved but the DL pass rush is still pitiful. Ray Edwards and Dunta are not what anyone expected.I know there is so much vitriol for the DC & OC but what in your opinion needs to happen to make this team better and take that next step.Let me share a post by UKFalcon and I think he is spot on,"It starts with our schemes.Whilst other teams are spreading the field horionatally and vertically with multiple receiving targets, we are stuck in 2 big back and 2 TE sets. We underutilise the players like Snelling, Quizz and HD. HD should be a key player to this offense, a player lines up in dofferent positions all across the offenisve, spreading defenses by running different route combination with White and Julio. Quizz should also be used this way, much as the Aints used Bush and now use Sproles to crate mismatches in the passing game . We also struggle to generate YAC and don't do many of the things that competent offense do, like running screens, thowing back shoulder throws, using double moves etc.Add that to our counservaive, play not to lose mentality on both sides of the ball and you have a team that severely underachieves. An offense that tries to put together 15 play drives by gaining 4 ypp, a D line that isn't great at getting pressure, a soft zone D that gives opposing WR a huge cushion - is a recpie for failure against a top offensive team.It all starts at the top. You can't expect your players to play with passion, freedom and belief, when your whole scheme and mentality is a consevative one born of a fear of making mistakes.We have the talent to be a lot better. Yes we have holes, but so do all of the other teams - they just do a better job of hiding their weaknesses, or using their strengths to overcome them (e.g. by scoring 35+ pts every week). Our wekanesses are magnified, because our conservative approach requires nothing short of perfection on the offensive side of the ball to hang with a top offense. Unlike GB and NO, when our secondary gets beaten like a drum - despite having pro-bowl offenive talent in the skilled positions - we don't have the offense scheme to keep up with the better teams and get back in to games.We have made some mistakes personnel wise. D-Rob was clearly massively overpaid for his talent, and the decision to forego major upgrades on the OL, CB and DE in the draft in favour of Julio Jones, could hurt this yeam for years. Our ability (or inability) to address those major need with the limited picks and cap room we have left, will be be a big factor in determining whether or not this team can get better over the next 3-4 years."This is a winning post and says it all Edited December 28, 2011 by Nono Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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