It's been said it starts with the OL. No, it starts with coaching. That's a very basic fact. OL can't execute on the plays unless they are called by coaches. The Falcons problems aren't just about their coaching. THey have problems across their roster. But history tells that us that with inferior coaching and inferior QB play, those are things that are next to impossible to overcome. And more often than not, those two things are immeasurably linked.
I'm not saying that the rest of the Falcons problems go away if they upgrade/change their coaching. Their coaching staff requires that they are better at something than you are in order to win. Last year, it was their weapons at WR/TE that made them special. This year, injuries obviously took that away. The issue is that the Falcons had 1 possible asset that would allow them to still be better at something than their opponents, and that was their QB. And IMO, they made little to no effort
to try and exploit that asset. That to me is the definition of bad coaching. It's no
You may not recall, but there were multiple posts here where I was saying it was silly to fire Smith back in September/October:viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18677&start=0viewtopic.php?f=2&t=18728&start=0
But at that point, it was unfathomable
to me that this team would be as poorly coached as it was going to be over the next 2-3 months. And basically the argument against that is that you either believe this team wasn't poorly coached over that span, or that you believe that the poor coaching gets somewhat a pass because the OL is so bad.
And if you believe the latter, then that tells me that you pay little to no attention to the other 31 teams that happen to play professional football, because you would know that simply isn't true.
That's an opinion, and obviously people will disagree with that opinion. But this current argument largely arose weeks ago when I said that OL play is overrated. And at least as far as some people are concerned on this message board, I believe it is. It starts with coaching, and QB play, and defense. And if you think OL is equal or more important than those things, then IMO you are by definition overrating the value of OL play. This team's decision to dump John Abraham and replace him with Osi Umenyiora had much more impact on this season than anything they did on their OL. IMO, this team's decision to sign Brian Robiskie rather than making a better move had more impact on this dump of a year than anything they did on their OL. If you disagree, then IMO you are overrating OL play.
You can look around the league and see that 2-3 bad OL rarely make/break a team's season as much as people on this forum seem to believe that 2-3 bad OL moves made/broke this Falcon team's season. Everybody seems to agree that the Falcons OL hasn't been very good for a number of years. And everybody seems to agree that the Falcons compensated for that by having their QBs & WRs play really well. That alone should tell you how important OL play is, and thus if the Falcons 2013 season tanked, it should have less to do with the OL play and more to do with the play of the QBs & WRs. IMHO, that should be a very obvious point, yet we're still talking about how the OL doomed the Falcons in 2013...