JDaveG Posted December 16, 2015 Share Posted December 16, 2015 A few things have been bugging me about this season, and how people tend to classify our problems. As I've said before, I think people naturally want to blame one person when things go bad. For me, right now, it's Dimitroff. But I fully recognize that we have issues beyond simply personnel. I just happen to think the personnel is the biggest problem.The criticisms of Shanahan are too numerous to mention. Some say they hate the West Coast Offense and it doesn't work. I think that's absurd. Some say "his scheme" doesn't work in some generic sense, and I think most people who say that tend to think "his scheme" doesn't work because "our offense" doesn't work, and that's simple-minded. Some say he's an egomaniac who won't listen to the players or adapt his scheme. He has a history of people not getting along with him, notably Donovan McNabb, who was on his last legs at the end of his career anyway. But he also has a history of tailoring his offenses. In Houston, he wanted to put in more vertical stretch plays because he had Andre Johnson. In Washington he changed his scheme up completely to add read option plays for RGIII. So I'm not sure I buy that. But this is the one criticism of him that I think, if true, would be a deal-killer. If he is inflexible and arrogant and will not adapt his scheme, then he ought to be fired. I question whether that's the case, but we'll know at the end of the season. If he's a cancer in the building, Quinn will excise it. I firmly believe that, because to not believe it I'd have to believe that Dan Quinn is disinterested in his own success as a head coach.It seems every time this team struggles we like to blame the coordinators. Malarkey and BVG had to go. At least with Mularkey, we had specifics to point to that explained why he wasn't working. The Giants game I think was his downfall, in that he refused to try to stretch the defense because he didn't think our line could protect. Then he left and we got Koetter, who if anything needs an even better o-line than Mularkey did because he leaves 5 in protection so often. And yet we did nothing to address the o-line, and arguably dismantled it. Koetter's offense worked for 1 season and then we had 2 losing seasons after that. Mostly due to defensive woes, but also because of some of the issues we see now -- too many 3 and outs, too little red zone efficiency, no dedication to the run at all. So we get rid of him and Nolan and we bring in Quinn and Shanahan. And everyone still harps on how the OC is killing the team (even though we also saw this past week how the defense isn't all that improved against a truly good team).My take on all of this is we still have glaring personnel deficiencies. That's why I blame Dimitroff first. But that doesn't mean we can't do better. Several of the games we lost can be hung directly around the neck of the offense, and I don't think all of it was lack of talent. I do think a lot of it was lack of execution, and I also think Shanahan got out-coached in the 49ers game badly. The point is, if we fired Shanahan today and we could magically drop Whisenhunt, or Trestman, or even Koetter as the OC and bring in their system with them (Trestman would need the least adjustment), we'd still have problems scoring in the red zone. We'd still have problems with offensive inefficiency.At some point, we have to simply admit this team isn't that good. Could they be better? Yeah, I think we've had several games we could have won if not for turnovers, penalties, and yes bad play calling at critical points in the game. But I also think this team is what the record says it is. Because this is who we've been for 3 seasons straight. Through an old coaching staff and now a new one. I do not believe that 2 separate staffs have the same issues for 3 years running and it can be fixed through another round of new coaches. This team is bad. We need better players.End of rant. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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