Coaching Staff: Not as Good As We Hoped?
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:17 PM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:27 PM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:30 PM
But with 2 minutes left in this game on 4th and 10 on our 42 with 3 timeouts in our back pocket I'd have liked to see a punt and give our D a chance for a 3 and out. Very disappointed in that call.
Special teams did account for 10 points on the return and the FG block. Last year special teams cost the Chargers the Playoffs, this year it may cost us some wins if it isn't cleaned up.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 05:40 PM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:19 PM
These are why we have a shitstorm of losing right now. Things will get better and I expect us to upgrade the D and depth next year. We are tons better this year than last.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:36 PM
Posted 02 October 2011 - 06:47 PM
This loss falls entirely on the coaching staff. 4 weeks into the season with our only win coming against a terrible JAX team. The same problems persist that were evident in the preseason, a porous run defense, constant mistakes, penalties. Stupid things, but what hurts most is the coaching staff's direct impact on this loss.
Failure to prepare for Devin Hester is incomprehensible.
Rivera openly admitting at the half that he is "surprised" that the Bear's are running so much. Well duh. Our run defense is next to last. Not everyone strays away from the run game when it is successful like we do and start forcing balls down the field.
Continuing to force players on the field who obviously just aren't fit to play in this league. Legedu Naanee is arguably the worst starting Receiver in Panther's history. He get's no seperation, he get's no height on jump balls, he's too good to block in the run game, he drops passes. He is a JOAT at doing everything wrong, meanwhile LaFell sits on the bench and no other Receiver on the roster is given an opportunity to show what he has. Jordan Pugh was placed in the endzone today to return kicks. Why? Goodson? Armanti? Kealoha? What is the commitment to get this kid on the field? He has yet to do anything even admirably and yet Rivera keeps searching for ways to get him out there. I just don't understand where the commitment to certain players is coming from. It's like the Fox era all over again.
Lastly, the red zone play calling is atrocious. To go into the spread offense every single time we get down there, abandoning our running game which was dominating. We left numerous on the field-again-due to the coaching staff pissing away golden opportunities.
Through the first 4 games of the season, the coaching staff get's a C-.
The positional coaches have done well enough, but the guys in charge just don't seem to have a firm grasp on things. A lackadaisical training camp has resulted in an undisciplined squad, further hindered by the top guys' ability to manage the basics.
Passing up great opportunities for FG through the first 3 weeks, poor clock management, it's just rather apparent Rivera is a first time head coach. I keep hoping he'll learn from his mistakes, but so far he hasn't. Shame. Coaching staff just pissed away the offense's best game yet.
So, at 1-3, and about to take on some good teams, a C-.
Posted 02 October 2011 - 07:20 PM