To be fair, I also pointed out the tangible issues that are plaguing us right now. Of course, you call that, "crying over spilled milk."
The only tangible way to measure the quality of a coach is wins and losses. I have pointed out specific issues with Mike Smith and his coaching style, and you can go back and see those issues and how they apply on game day. Then again, it's probably fresh on everyone's minds that I called for Smith's head in the off-season, so I can understand why you'd think that my stance is a bit loony at this point.
I pick on you Robert, because partly I have found many of your posts to be insightful and intelligent over the years, but every now and then I think you will post something that is downright naive.
You talk about having a killer instinct and you've criticized this coaching staff quite a bit. But your mission, should you choose to accept it is to find a team that does have that killer instinct and shows all the traits of the coaching staff you so desire.
And I'm sure you'll probably find that team, and the lone example will be the Patriots. But apparently the difference between you and me is that I don't see 1 team that is the embodiment of all things, means that the Falcons are slacking. Should the Falcons be more like the Pats? Sure. But the fact that they are not is not some crime.
To me your attitude in this regard is like a parent that disowns their kid because they were 18th in their class with a 3.6 GPA rather than #1 with a perfect 4.0.
Many of the complaints I hear about the Falcons, and I think you more so than anybody else on this board embodies this at times, IMO sound like the complaints of people that rarely watch any other football besides the Falcons. Thus why I say people judge the Falcons in a vacuum. If you watched other football games, you would discover that many of your complaints/criticisms about the Falcons are commonplace with the other 31 NFL teams around the league. And I think if you were aware of that you wouldn't criticize as much.
I'm not saying you shouldn't be allowed to criticize, because if people stopped being critical, then no one would ever visit this site or forum.
Look, I'm well aware of the fact that the Falcons typically only have 2 good quarters in a game, and that for the other 2 quarters of their typical game, they are outplayed.
But you think that is because of the "culture" instilled by a lesser
coaching staff, and I think it has everything to do with talent. But again, that's another point of contention because you are very much on record saying you think this Falcon team is one of the most talented in the league, and I disagree.
That's the point I kept trying to illustrate after the 49ers loss. The Falcons were BOTTOM FIVE in 3 MAJOR AREAS of their team last year: running the ball, rushing the passer, and stopping the run. That's a team that is not supposed to win as many games as we do. But we manage to do that because we have a good QB and our coaching staff mines the most out of that subpar talent.
Look at the Bengals. People give Mike ZImmer a lot of credit for coaching up that young defense into one of the best in the league. And he deserves all the creidt in the world, but he has had loads of talent to work with. Carlos Dunlap, Vontaze Burfict, Geno Atkins were 1st round talents that dropped because of character concerns. Rey Maualuga, Devon Still, Michael Johnson were 1st round talents that dropped because they had disappointing senior years in college. Leon Hall, Dre Kirkpatrick, Pacman Jones, Terrence Newman and Reggie Nelson (and each were widely considered the best or 2nd best player at their position in their respective drafts) were all actual 1st round picks. Basically with the exception of Domata Peko, Robert Geathers, and James Harrison, nearly everybody (10 in total) on their defense was hailed at one point in their football playing careers to be a talent worthy of a Top 15 pick.
How about the Falcons? Spoon, Moore? Yes. Moore dropped because of a subpar senior year. Trufant is a 1st round pick, but he was a riser, not a faller and a player that few had in their Top 3 or 4 CBs this year. Osi, Babs were other players that rose from obscurity to becoming 2nd round picks. Samuel is the rare 4th round CB that winds up being a good starter. Biermann is the same for DE. Peters was a 3rd day prospect that was universally considered a reach in Round 3 ahead of Atkins. Nicholas, Dent, more late round risers into the middle rounds. Jerry was another guy that had a strong senior year to propel himself into a 1st round pick, coupled with the fact that there was only 1 good DT in his class (Raji) that pushed him also up boards.
It's things like that which prevent me from jumping on that bandwagon of how awesome the Falcons talent is. Their roster is full of Corey Peters and Kroy Biermanns, 5th round talents that play like 3rd rounders. And then you build a roster full of these players, and then you get some elite players at a couple of other positions (such as Ryan, julio, Gonzo, etc.) and you find yourself to be perennial overachievers.