I just do not understand why pro football players, many of who are paid millions, need so much time to learn how to win.
it's the coaches job to put them in the best situation to win...to get them prepared and able to carry out their plans, and their plans to not give the other team an opportunity to win.
he put the team in a situation to win, and then put them in a situation at the end of games to lose. you give the other team the ball and you give them an opportunity to score. i don't care how good you think your coaching is or your defense is...you can not trust your defense to keep the other team from scoring. the rules make it too easy to get downfield and in scoring position, as has been proven time and time again.
the problems with the offense for most of the season was most certainly a problem of coaching. it lies squarely on rivera's shoulders. did the players execute well enough? nope. did they make mistakes? yep. did the coaching staff change up what they want to do to fit what the players could handle or give them a plan that the players could excel in? yep....when it was too late.
the coaching staff didn't have the players prepared. they didn't adjust fast enough in coming up with a better game plan or playcalling that fit what their players could do at the time.
if the players aren't living up to expectations, it's up to the coaching staff to get them there or to put together a plan they can perform with.
we lost games we could have won. we had the talent to do it. the offense took huge steps backwards from where they were last year and it took them too long to get it back together. was the problem the players or the playcalling? it was both, but the majority falls on the playcalling. it's up to the coaches to put together a plan that works, and they didn't.