Exactly. If you are glad you have him then say so and stop qualifying with left handed remarks or criticisms like he isnt a great football mind. Because he is which is why he won coach of the year in 2013.
The holding calls and facemask penalties that were not called far outweigh the ones that were called. And yes I know that holding penalties could be called all the time but when they impact the play and allow quarterbacks to escape obvious sack opportunities it feels like BS. One of the main reasons we have so few sacks this year is a number of times our front four got pressure but were pulled down from behind or tackled
Stopped reading at you cant say that Rivera is a great football mind. If you can't see that Rivera is a very good coach who understand what it takes as a player and a coach then anything after that is wasted. He is considered one of the best defensive minds in the game. And if you know defense inside and out you obviously have to know offenses as well or you wouldnt know how to limit opponent's opportunities,
He kept Shula for exactly the reasons named. He knew Cam would need consistency and instead of trying to learn different systems, become proficient in one system. Cam's improvement from year to year is a direct result of playing in the same system and learning to master it. Or you can have guys like Alex Smith who go from system to system and struggle. His loyalty to his coaches and players is why guys like Jared Allen wanted to be here and why this franchise is considered a good place to land. Shula is learning and developing as well. Rivera holding onto him is a recognization that the issue isnt playcalling so much as getting Cam to be a master of this offense and surrounding Cam with enough playmakerrs to run Shula's system. Funny that Cam is getting recognition for carrying the team despite a lack of talent yet Shula doesnt get the same recognition for developing plays that mazimize what Cam does best and developing the guys he is given into being the best they can be. Otherwise why is Ginn doing so well in our system yet sucks elsewhere. Maybe Shula is doing a fairly good job at taking marginal players like Bersin and Ginn and making the most of them. Instead of criticizing Ron and Shula we should be praising them for doing a lot with so little.
The problem with stats is lack of context. For example a 25 yard drive where we score a TD is worth a lot more than a 70 yard drive that nets no points. But total yard stats would disagree. The only stat that matters is points for versus points against for any given game. Maybe turnover advantage for each game is a good predictor. Cumulative stats and averages don't really show matchup results which is what matters in individual contests.
If it were up to me I would want as many easy games as possible. It isn't as if beating bad teams gives you less of a win than beating a tough team does. I bet the undefeated dolphins in 1972 had a few easy games along the way. All people remember is how many they won not who they played.
if you suggest that familiarity breeds contempt then I would agree. As long as we also agree that the offense is fun to watch and productive so far. Let's enjoy the ride and give him his due. Cam is doing a great job running his offense. And Shula is letting Cam be Cam. What a great weapon to have.
There have been reasons for concern in the past but the majority of them shouldn't be with the play calling but execution and talent on the line. Sure Shula Is not an offensive genius by any means but with the right guys his offense can be effective. This is only his second stint as an OC but this offense is completely different that what he ran in Tampa. He has needed time to master it and adapt it to what Cam does best. Hopefully he has learned from Chud, Ramsdell, and even Proehl who was part of the greatest show on turf. Just like Rivera, Shula is learning and growing hopefully. I would think any panther fan would want that as well.
Interesting that they talk about how creative our play designs are to get Olsen the ball in several different ways. To listen to Shula haters here our play calling is predictable and obvious. Funny how all of the outside bloggers have been saying the complete opposite.
actually that isn't actually always true. First rounders for example get longer rookie deals and more time to prove themselves where as later round guys often have shorter contracts and less time to prove themselves or develop. Given that it often takes years for guys to develop they may not get the big money until a third contract or later. Plus lower round guys aren't kept as often as first rounders even with the same talent because they are supposedly easily replaceable and didn't cost as much to acquire. Now that might have nothing to do with Short since he is playing at a high level and gettleman doesn't seem to care about those kinds of things so you may be right about Short. But draft position does impact players more than you suggest. And yes you can find a dozen guys who don't fit the mold and a bunch more who do.