Archived

This topic is now archived and is closed to further replies.

megadeth078

Why is it all Rivera's fault?

115 posts in this topic

All this we lost because of coaching...like Nakamura not being able to make a coordinated play on a lobbed pass? Nakamura was signed to start and Martin has shown to be unreliable on coverage a lot... I saw enough in that game from Nakamura to know he should not be out there...despite his earlier Int. With that said Rivera has a roster built by a GM ...he kind of has to play the guys who are supposed to be the starters.

As soon as Hurney was gone Rivera tinkered with the lineups and really held whoever accountable.

I read in a few post that some are tired, like I am, of the wait till next year...almost there...just need another chance.. but with a new coach, WHOEVER it is, I would expect another 2 years to implement a new system..even more adjustments to the roster...

So either way IMO the results will not be much different...with keeping Rivera and seeing the improvement and continuity of the team in ear 3. Hardy grew to a man beast...this defense was top 10...Offense was pretty effective after the read option was toned down.

Other than some end of 1st half hesitation to score(which Cam was not playing with confidence early in the season) I don't remember any awful calls that he single-handedly cost the team a game. The Time out on a FG last season maybe..soft zone on Marshall..or was that Norman like Munnerlyn kinda hinted to? Who knows.

That soft zone was a staple defense here under Fox for whoever keeps posting fond memories of that regieme..the bad and good are pretty even(more bad to me) with Fox.

Really this is just that all of us are frustrated we cannot root for this team in January and want someone to pay..JR cant be fired so blood is needed...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

that five year old team has been to the playoffs every year with pretty much the same level of overall talent.

who is laying it all on rivera? no one is letting the other coaches or players off the hook.

the team is ultimately on his shoulders. his job is to find a way to win with who he has.

most don't trust his team or game management skills and with the record he has as a coach its hard to argue that he's doing very well with those two areas. making the players love you isn't enough. getting closse to winning isn't enough.

2 people like this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

the GM doesn't set the line up. he doesn't choose the starters. he doesn't tell the coach who to put on the field in clutch situations. thats all rivera.

All this we lost because of coaching...like Nakamura not being able to make a coordinated play on a lobbed pass? Nakamura was signed to start and Martin has shown to be unreliable on coverage a lot... I saw enough in that game from Nakamura to know he should not be out there...despite his earlier Int. With that said Rivera has a roster built by a GM ...he kind of has to play the guys who are supposed to be the starters.

As soon as Hurney was gone Rivera tinkered with the lineups and really held whoever accountable.

I read in a few post that some are tired, like I am, of the wait till next year...almost there...just need another chance.. but with a new coach, WHOEVER it is, I would expect another 2 years to implement a new system..even more adjustments to the roster...

So either way IMO the results will not be much different...with keeping Rivera and seeing the improvement and continuity of the team in ear 3. Hardy grew to a man beast...this defense was top 10...Offense was pretty effective after the read option was toned down.

Other than some end of 1st half hesitation to score(which Cam was not playing with confidence early in the season) I don't remember any awful calls that he single-handedly cost the team a game. The Time out on a FG last season maybe..soft zone on Marshall..or was that Norman like Munnerlyn kinda hinted to? Who knows.

That soft zone was a staple defense here under Fox for whoever keeps posting fond memories of that regieme..the bad and good are pretty even(more bad to me) with Fox.

Really this is just that all of us are frustrated we cannot root for this team in January and want someone to pay..JR cant be fired so blood is needed...

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This team is far from having a serious lack of talent, and while there's plenty of young guys there's plenty of experienced guys at every major position group. The DBs have Gamble, the LBs have everyone (even Luke playing like a vet), the DL is plenty experienced, the O-line has Gross and Kalil, WRs have Smitty, RBs are all experienced, QB is the only one even close to being "inexperienced" if you wanna call Anderson not much of someone to look to. Those two excuses don't even come close to cutting it. The biggest inexperience problem with the team was at the HC position.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

The comparisons to Atlanta are off base. When Smith took over and then brought in Turner and Ryan he had many more pieces to work with than Rivera did after Richardson went on a cutting spree and divested themselves of a ton of talent in 2010. This isn't to say that Smith hasn't done a great job because he has, but the talent level on the teams were not the same when they both took over.

Secondly people keep forgetting that Rivera started slow last year because we took a quarterback who everyone said wouldn't be ready for 2 years, installed a defense and offense scheme which was completely new, and had no off season to install it. We were still installing the offense 10 weeks into the season. As for the defense, in addition to all the injuries, we couldn't keep the same guys on the field for 2 games in a row.

The bitching about this year is justified. The team wasn't ready to play early and we were inconsistent. A number of players heavily counted on didn't do much. After the bye we played much better as did Newton. Best of all to me, Newton for example didn't have a good game against New Orleans yet we won due to great defense and special teams and a suddenly revitalized ground game.

The question is whether you lump everything together and put the blame on him alone, or you look at things a little deeper and realize that he was a factor but not necessarily the major issue. Sure the buck stops with the coach, but before you give someone the boot, you have to understand that any change isn't always for the better. If we had continued to lose, then make a change. Keep him on a short leash if you want, but he showed that we were competitive all year and dominant at the end.

Surely the case for retaining him is just as compelling as the one to let him go.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Why are we so quick to forget that the Falcons are a 5 year old team?

It's going to take a while to build a consistent team in this league. I don't know why people on this board are so quick to forget that the Falcons are an experienced team and we are not. Why exactly do we expect results to be delivered this instant, right now when we have done nothing to deserve that luxury? I want this team to be successful as any other person on here, but that doesn't mean I expect results at unreasonable times. This team has a lot of growing to do, but we're not as far off from the playoffs as some of the emos think we are.

Well, I know the falcons won 11 games the first season Smith took and they weren't experienced with a rookie quarterback either. Also, they are having a top 3 franchise season with a recently overhauled coaching staff.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Has Rivera not been the head coach of the Panthers all this time? Silly me, I absolve him of all fault.

Okay, back to reality now.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

This team is far from having a serious lack of talent, and while there's plenty of young guys there's plenty of experienced guys at every major position group. The DBs have Gamble, the LBs have everyone (even Luke playing like a vet), the DL is plenty experienced, the O-line has Gross and Kalil, WRs have Smitty, RBs are all experienced, QB is the only one even close to being "inexperienced" if you wanna call Anderson not much of someone to look to. Those two excuses don't even come close to cutting it. The biggest inexperience problem with the team was at the HC position.

How many of the guys you mentioned played at all this year?? Gamble?? IR on October 22nd, Kalil on October 10th, Beason on IR October 24th. How many games did Stewart play? Nine and started in 6.

Smitty was one of the only receivers who was there all year?? Gettis?? Didn't play. LaFell- missed 2 games and didn't start in another 2 so we had a 4 game void without him. Murphy was starting after being the 4th receiver on the depth chart.

And as for quarterback, Newton is the inexperienced one still learning and figuring things out.

Rivera is learning as well, but I think that this year was a great learning experience and he will do better next year. Why do I think that? Because he knows if he stays that he got a reprieve and that he has to start out well. Will they? I hope so.....

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

How many of the guys you mentioned played at all this year?? Gamble?? IR on October 22nd, Kalil on October 10th, Beason on IR October 24th. How many games did Stewart play? Nine and started in 6.

You want to use the injury excuse?

We went into this season healthier than we have in years. How did we play when those guys were in there? We were 1-4 with a team completely healthy, and 1-5 with a team with everyone but Kalil for one week.

How did we do when those starters played? We couldn't run the ball to save our lives. Pass protection was terrible. We scored an average of 16 points a game. The team was poorly prepared entering the season. That is on Ron; no one else.

1 person likes this

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

My issue with the Staff is the lack of game management in close games or games where we had the lead and became complacent in the 4th QTR. In this league in this era, its not uncommon for a team to put up 10-14 points in under 5 minutes. They played to many time to not lose a game and not enough of coaching to win a game. This could have made the difference in several of our close games.

Games in point

Atlanta Falcons Lose 30-28

Seattle Seahawks Lose 16-12

Dallas Cowgirls Lose 19-14

Chicago Bears Lose 23-22

Tampa Bay Lose 27-21 OT

Kansa City Chiefs 27-21

I’m not sure which game it was (I think it was the Chiefs game), But there was one that just completely blew my mind. We were down and it was the 4th QTR. Not down by much but down. WE had the ball around our 35 yards line and it was 4-5. Now the instead of risking it and going for the 1st down, he punts the ball knowing our Defense has not stopped their offense all game.

What should have happened is a short pass, FB run (I have not seen Tolbert stopped for less than 4 yards all season), or a screen pass something other than punting it away and all hopes of a win are gone.

Until the last 4 weeks, the staff has not had a killer instinct that is needed in this era of football. Its not about running up the score, it’s about being so far ahead that no 5 minute drill will let the other team catch up for the tie or win.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's just easier to blame the coach then the team, a lot of people don't even consider that players on this team just aren't very good.

Like Josh Norman, any other team in the league and the dude is on the bench and doesn't play a snap this year and people complain that he's getting benched and not starting??? Lol

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

It's not. That's why we also fired Hurney, also need to fire the assistant coaches (especially OC and ST), and need to replace many of our players with better ones. Canning Rivera is only one step but a critical one.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites