I feel like all of these analyses are forgetting tempo. Our offense was deliberately running as few drives as possible by soaking up as much clock as possible. that's fine, but that's a particular playstyle that will mean fewer drives, and thus we will need to maximize our opportunities.
either way, we didn't get it done, 7 points isn't going to cut it, and while our average yards per drive may be fine, I think the fear that this is just Shula-as-we-know-him is justified. I don't think we should kick him to the curb but I also think it makes sense we'd be concerned at this point. We'll see how he adjusts.
Agreed, the pace of this game dicated NO/FEW MISTAKES. There were two turnovers by the Panthers. Then add on the 15yrd penalties.....tada low points. Especially in a low possession game. If you know your team is going to screw it up alot (Al's Raiders) you probably want to go full throttle. Much like college offenses with less talent. Go spread and ring up 18 drives w/500 yards of offense and still probably lose. But by gosh, your stat sheet looks gaudy.
I like HC Mike Smith because the Falcons commit very few penalties. Not sure of their TO rate, but he's not giving away free yardage to the other teams during his tenure with the Falcons.
And to pull the only quip from Dom Capers I remember: Hidden yardage, if your opponent has a 15yrd better avg starting position than you for a game that's 150 yards of less work on a 10 drive game they have to do to get TDs. 150 yards of hidden yardage. (SEA-CAR game had nearly same avg starting position IIRC)