The majority of everything I've read both positive & negative over the past week seems to me to be a melting pot of truths. Yes, we've only seen one game so far & that doesn't necessarily mean we'll see the same type of flaws all season. No, it wasn't a bad game against a top ranked team that we could've beaten if not for 1 mistake or 2 mistakes or however many you THINK would've put us in the win column.(Truth is no one knows that unless they've called miss cleo & believe the opposite of anything she said). And finally yes the offense could've played better to take advantage of the opportunities our defense gave us, or to help compensate for 1 or 2 mistakes like we see good teams do on a regular basis. Now on this topic, IF week one was an indication what we'll see out of our offense for too many games, I say RR should pull a John Harbaugh & try to get someone @ OC that MIGHT be able to steer what we have better because its too late to change cars(playbooks). If it doesn't work RR's gone anyway. If it does he won the dice roll.
I agree with a lot of what you're saying but take it from an outside observer, you guys put WAY to much pressure on your Offense to carry this team to victory every Sunday. This team needs some level of balance. In all honesty, the Offense didn't lose Sunday's game. The entire team did. I'm sure you have seen Sunday's game play out time and time again. The team start to mentally unraveling instead of holding on and taking it to the finish line as they get closer to realizing they have a chance to win. How many times have the Offense racked up points, only to watch everything under God's sun go wrong and the points get squandered away and the team loses?
I equate what I'm seeing with the Panthers senseless loses to Golfers who have never won. Everytime they get into position to win, they mentally unravel and everything goes South from there. It's only when they finally break though and win do they remember that mindset and continue to win more. But, not all of them are able to win consistantly because the mental block for some keeps coming back. There is a reason why Psychologists exists in sports.
Maybe it's time to stop kidding yourselves and believing that you're just one good coach or player away from an SB. Yes, there are a new crop of younger players on the team but new bodies don't always mean positive results if that inability to finish strong mindset is still lacking.