01-24-2012, 09:54 PM #31
I am NOT here to provide good football insight or rational observations. I am an emotional 19 year old Viking fan and I expect you to adjust your expectations from my posts.
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01-31-2012, 03:54 PM #32Coordinator
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I am with 12 28 on this one. Adjustments are not, and should never be, only a halftime thing. Granted that you have a bit more time at the break to consider, it still isn't very long, and the small amount of extra time goes equally to the opponent.
On-the-fly, situational adjustments are much more critical. Especially so since there is at least a play or two going by before the opponent has even the slightest chance to compensate. It's all about "read and react" just like it is for players on an individual play basis, only moreso for the coaches in a transitional sense.
I do not fault the coaching staff overmuch for failure to adjust at halftime. Some blame can be placed there, certainly, but not the lion's share, IMO. Where the staff fails most egregiously is in maintaining order and discipline within the team.
I can't count how many times I have read complaints here about how the team looked "unprepared" or "lost" or "out of position." That's initially a failure of the player(s) in question, but as it continues over time, it becomes more and more the fault of the coaches in not correcting the problem. Sure, players make mistakes. Fix them! Talk to the player, or sub him out. One or two mistakes can be forgiven, but the longer it goes on, the less you can truly fault the player.
I had hoped the Mike Singletary would provide some of the discipline we had been lacking in 2010, but things just got worse in 2011. Someone needs to get on these guys and remind them that they are professionals and need to live up to that.
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