Look at Seattle and San Francisco. They did have a few new players, but it was the coaching staff that made the big difference. Look at the Saints with Sean Payton and without him. Look at Kansas City and Philadelphia with or without Andy Reid. Look at the Vikings offense when Billick left. Look at what Jon Gruden did for quarterbacks everywhere he coached. Look at Walsh, Grant, Madden and any Superbowl team.
They are adults, but what does that mean? Better coaches teach better techniques and better discipline, and better coaches can prepare players for each game with better gameplans. Some players, like Tarkenton, Favre, and Manning know the game. Many players need coaching than more than others, but all need good coaches for success.Quote:
I know that the coaches prepare the team, but they are preparing PROFESSIONAL athletes. The guys they're preparing are full-grown adults who oftentimes know darn well how a particular set of plays should be run. However, the PLAYERS need to execute.
The Vikings were 8-8 under Bud Grant in 1983. It was a down year in player personnel because of years of low drafts (because of so many wins). When Grant left, the Vikings went 3-13. Grant came back for one season, in 1985, and the team went 7-9. Same players, different head coach, much different records.
Again, a good coaching staff cannot make up for poor players, but a good staff can get better play and more wins out of the same player personnel.
The gameplan, play calls, and the plays themselves are questionable. The WCO works because of high percentage gains. Musgrave often calls low percentage plays and does not attack defensive weaknesses. I wonder if he ever watches game film.Quote:
Now, play calls do usually rest on the coaching staff (or at least at the feet of the coach who's actually calling the plays). However, when things aren't going well or something doesn't work, it's easy to blame the coaching staff for poor play calls.
The defensive gameplan did not work under Frazier, and it has not worked under his minions. The Tampa 2 is outdated and difficult to have success with even with veteran players. With rookies, castoffs, and mediocre personnel, the defensive scheme is abysmal. It is a disadvantage before a single snap is played.