maybe it's because I watch a lot of Falcons games and i've learned to pick up on tendancies, but when I sit and watch a game I can call the play before we run it about 85% of the time, and it seems to me that opposing defenses catch on about as quickly too......
This was a very common complaint when Reeves was the coach. I don't know because I don't watch any other team as much as I do the Falcons. But I'd imagine most fans for most teams this happens to.
I'm not a huge fan of Knapp myself. But I do believe that the majority of Falcon fans have an unnecessary hatred for this guy. Many complain he's too conservative. Well, I don't think that is necessarily Knapp's fault. Mora seems to be a rather conservative coach himself. I call it "Mora ball" becuase it's an adaptation of "Marty Ball" in that you run the ball, play great defense, and you're defense is going to win the game for you 14-13 in the end most times.
I think that's my beef with the so-called Knapp haters is that they just blame too much on Knapp himself, and little on the other coaches. Why our rushing success? According to them it's Gibbs' blocking schemes. Well, I hate to inform people but Knapp oversaw top rushing attacks in San Fran without those blocking schemes, so the guy knows how to manufacture a running game, Gibbs or not. GIbbs' blocking scheme probably propels the Falcons from being a 7th ranked unit to being the #1 unit, that's his influence.
Others hate the "dink and dunk." Sure it is annoying much of the time, but frankly I can understand Knapp's hesistance to call a 40-yard bomb when Vick has extreme difficulty throwing an 8-yard slant.
I don't love Knapp, but I don't think he's terrible. I won't deny that I think there are plenty of OCs out there that are better than Knapp. But besides Vick, Dunn, and Crumpler he hasn't had a lot to work with these past 2 years. Sure, a top flight OC could have done wonders with those 3, but those guys don't grow on trees.
I think he does exactly what Mora wants him to do: 1) run the ball very well 2) don't turn it over too much with aggressive play-calling. And as long as Knapp coordinates an offense that does those two things well, like him or hate him, he's probably here to stay.