I really felt like the Falcons, and thus Smitty, learned something from the Saints 4th down. This week the Titans really had not shot at stopping those 4th and shorts with all the movement, hard counting, and actual snap of the ball. The first 4th the Titans held their ground against the hard count and they got owned on the sneak. The second 4th they jumped because they now knew they needed a head of steam to stop the sneak. It was mean to watch, and I loved every second of it.
And I think therein lies my concern.
The idea that Smith is still 'learning on the job' is troubling. Like I said, this reminds me of Mora Jr. He had the same 'passionate, in the moment' way of doing things. Call it projection, but Smitty is too inconsistent. The flag comes out too quick sometimes when he should be talking to upstairs. The running in of packages and confusion at the line when Ryan is not in control. And he second guesses his 4th down critical decision making.
I'm probably imagining the whole scene, but it seems like 'authority by committee'. I think this is an offspring of the disatrous Petrino meltdown and subsequent cleanup. Well, it is 'cleaned up' now and what is needed is a direct, hands on coach whose coordionators answer to. What I am seeing is a 'dont rock the boat, it could be worse' type of management. This goes from TD and Blank, but ultimately it all falls on Smith.
At this point in, with all this other crap going on, Mike Smith should have a rock solid plan on dealing with 4th down playcalling and not veering wildly between questionable calls because ESPN has had you on thier sh&t list for 5 days.
I just cant understand not going for it on the one yard line AT HOME where you are 22-4 and dominating, but pulling it out later. Sorry, that stinks.