Here's why...starting with game 1 this year, Chud rolled out an offense very much different from what we ran the year prior. Far fewer 2 TE sets, a greater reliance on the read option, and almost no commitment to the running game. The result was a disaster. Now all of that is fine if you make the necessary changes in week 3 or 4, but that isn't what happened. Chud stuck to the same game plan until Hurney got fired and presumably was given orders by Rivera/JR to make the necessary changes. Suddenly, our offense began to click because we had a greater commitment to the run, we gave Newton more protection and used more 2 TE sets again, and ran more under center plays.
We feel that Chud's stubborn resistance to change something that clearly wasn't working is what cost us the playoffs. Had we started the year with much the same game plan as last year or made the necessary adjustments in a timely manner, most of us feel the results would have been far different. So we blame Chud, and by extension, Rivera (for not reeling Chud in sooner).
point blank, he tried to fix what didn't need fix and ended up making it something that needed fixed and took way too long to fix it. this was on him and rivera. if the players can't execute what you want to do, do something else that they can execute. it's not that difficult if you're more interested in winning than proving you can come up with innovative schemes.
and the offense was a huge part in us not getting to the playoffs this year. they just flat didn't get enough points on the board. they were pathetic in that regard for most of the season. the defense struggled, esp. late, but the offense didn't give the cushion the defense should have had. there's no reason that this offense shouldn't be able to put up 25+ points per game and we weren't.