Posted 12 October 2012 - 07:20 PM
Good post and great perspective LP.
I'm sure you at times feel I'm overly negative, especially in the game chat LP, but I'd imagine you get me by now.
I love this team just as I love a member of my family. For better or for worse, they are a part of me... So, I take it hard when we suck because I feel it is a reflection on me. Sometimes joking is the best way to deal with disappointment or hurt. Sometimes, just spouting off the worst outcome possible before each play lessens the pain when we fail.
That being said, just as you said there are games that Rivera can't be held responsible for, there are SEVERAL that decisions he made DID directly affect the outcome negatively for us.
As CRA said, he has proven to be a poor game manager. I still have no idea how the power dynamics work between he and the coordinators but there is more than enough evidence to suggest he gives them free reign during games and simply handles the "head coaching" decisions (go for it or punt, timeout, etc.). This isn't good. Especially considering if this is the case, he has struggled the most in those few responsibilities he has.
Last year I hated it, but I had to chalk it up as him learning on the job - despite not remembering another rookie HC doing anything nearly as stupid - the wasted timeouts before halftime last year that resulted in us not getting a FG before half in one game stands out. He took full blame for that.
The "part of the plan" approach before half against the Falcons this year...
Not going for the win instead of trying not to lose each game. And the 4th down bootleg we ran against the Hawks was a horrible decision. A coach should know the situation and what are his odds/percentages. In 4th and 1 situations, are conversion rate has been remarkable with Cam at QB. So the punt against the Falcons and then allowing Chud to "get cute" against the Hawks on 4th and 1 or 4th and goal at the 1 were just retarded and show a complete lack of understanding of the situation and personnel.
Additionally, all of the "failures" people are pinning on our personnel are irrational in my mind because it all goes back to coaching. Yes, we can subscribe to the old adage, "it's about the Joes, not the Xs and Os," or however it goes. But, IMO, are "Joes" would rank about midway up the ranking in terms of talent fielded across the board and averaged out. Offensively, we'd be top half of the league... So, the amount of failures we are experiencing are a direct result of coaching, or lack thereof. Too many bad playcalls, no rhythm, not knowing the situation or respecting it, and putting our players in a position to fail all have resulted in just that... Failure.
I hate that it has already come to this because I naturally pulled for Rivera for multiple reasons I've discussed before AND simply b/c he was our HC. But, he has made it painfully obvious that he is outmatched every week. It sucks to have already come to this realization after such a short amount of time, but at least we know and are able to move forward sooner rather than later. I have to approach the rest of the season believing he is not the guy... If he can miraculously turn it around and lead us on a win streak that leaves us at 7 wins or better, I may reconsider, but I highly doubt it.
He seems like a great guy... And admirable human being... Just not a very good coach.