Re: Offensive Play Calling
Didn't we suck in the late 80s/early 90s...flea flickers are for desperate times IMHO...what we need is simply more variety in the playcalling, but sticking to the basics variety, just mixing up the run vs. the pass for more variety, not trickery...if our offense is so great, we should be able to do what we want without trying to fool someone.
I don't know if I am the only one, but it seems as if Linehan's play calling has not been as effective or efficient enough lately in order to utilize the resources to achieve the highest productivity.
The play calling has become way too predictable and way too simplistic.
If I recall correctly, at the beginning of the season (vs. Dallas, & 1st halves vs. Chicago & Houston), the play calling was much smarter (like what Indy did to us). I know that Moss enables us to be a little more creative, but we should not have to completely rely on one player (Moss), or we're in big trouble.
Whatever happened to using misdirections, play-actions, fake reverses, utilizing the halfback on swing plays, the bubble screens we were doing so well, and going deep once in a while? And the running game is also lacking versatility. We do the same running play every time we decide to keep the ball on the ground. The only decison being made is, "should we go to Birk's left or right?" Why not try some sweep plays or pitches to string it out from time to time?
I want the flea-flicker back, man. We used to do that kind of $hit all the time back in the day (in the late 80's and early to mid 90s).
We do gain a lot of yards and points (most of the time), but I still feel as if things could be much better with smarter, more unpredictable play calling. We need to keep the defenses guessing, and use what we have to our advantage. Otherwise we're f**cked.