I agree with that. Smitty's current approach IMO if you give him 10-15 years/opportunities of coaching can work once, maybe even twice over that span. That's essentially how one could sum up the careers of Bill Cowher and Tony Dungy.
But that style basically requires you to have a dominant running game and/or dominant defense, neither of which the Falcons have. So if the Falcons expect to be able to win that way this year and in the near future, then they need to go out and sign players like Ben Grubbs and Mario Williams to big $$$ contracts, and hope guys like that can be the foundation of their ability to dominate/win in the trenches.
And that's the problem here in Atlanta. You have a head coach that seemingly wants to be this "Type C" (for Conservative) team, when the GM is out there investing huge resources into a player that doesn't help you become that with Julio Jones. Those two things are mutually exclusive. This is a systemic problem that the Falcons have at the top of their organization in that their head coach & GM aren't on the same page, so this notion that the bulk of Falcons problems rests with the QB is asinine.
This is what many people that approve of the Julio Jones trade aren't quite grasping. If you're going to be this "Type C" team, then you have to be very good in the trenches. See the Steelers and Giants SB-winning teams. See a team like the 49ers and Ravens that were/are on the doorstep in recent years. And the Jones trade hurts you in that regard. Because adding a No. 2 WR and spending/wasting 4 premium picks to do so, does not help you get better in the trenches.
And the only way that move makes sense, and the only way you can make up for the value of that trade, is if you're moving away from being that type of team, say a "Type A" team that is a pass-first offense like the Saints, Patriots, Colts, Packers, '08 Cardinals, etc.
And if that is the type of team you want to be, then players like Michael Turner doesn't have significant value for your team. Julio Jones is not going to reach his potential in anything but that style of offense. One that is going to be designed to throw him the ball 10-15 times per game. Now if you were to trade Roddy White next week, he would automatically become that player. But if you want to get a good investment out of the $50M you gave Roddy 2.5 years ago, then you need both of those guys around and getting that sort of workload. And that cannot happen when you have a RB that needs 18-25 carries a game to be effective, coupled with a 3rd receiver (Gonzalez) that you're also paying that also needs touches.
All 4 of those guys CANNOT be maximized in the same offense. THat's why Turner is a black hole, because he especially doesn't complement any body. He has to be the centerpiece of the offense, because otherwise he doesn't bring anything to the table, because he's the 3rd best RB on the roster as far as the passing game goes. So for the 55-60% of the time where the Falcons aren't running the ball, he's the worst RB on the roster (Antone Smith excluded). And since you're not going to feed him 400+ carries to fill the rest of the time.
Okay, without going on for another 500 words, you get the gist of what I'm saying. It's just the tip of the iceberg of why I believe this team is "poorly run." They have no direction, they lack an anchor in which they can fall back. And if this team doesn't change what they are doing at the top, then they are going to quickly become a middle rung football team. And the sad thing about it all, is that if/when that happens, all of the blame is going to be heaped on the QB.
The same thing happened to Carson Palmer in Cincinnati. A very good player that was held back by a poorly run organization. Instead of Patriots South, unless TD gets his act together, this Falcon team is going to quickly become Bengals South.
"Vincere scis, Hannibal, victoria uti nescis" -- Maharbal, 216 B.C.E.