I can't speak for anyone else but a ball control offense is not what I have an issue with. San Diego runs a ball control offense. San Francisco runs a ball control offense. Seattle runs a ball control offense.
The problem with Shula is the stubbornness that is evident through his playcalling. His refusal to adapt and change as seen by his never-ending commitment to running the read option (see: last Thursday night). I get what you are saying and right. If we had better talent on offense, would the results be better? Absolutely, but that doesn't change the fact Shula is a poor playcaller. We would be succeeding in spite of him.
Now like you have said Shula isn't the only problem with this team. Offensive line is miserable. QB has been inconsistent (we are running him way too much). WRs just aren't playmakers outside of Kelvin Benjamin, who is inconsistent himself. RBs can't stay healthy and don't have a lot of room to work with as far as running lanes go. So we have several issues aside from Shula. But Shula is still a poor coordinator.
If you spend the entire summer developing a gameplan and then the guys start dropping like flies? And every week you are make shifting an oline with 3rd and 4th string guys who had no idea they were playing that week? Then the same situation week to week with rb's? When the gameplan that you spent 5 days developing doesn't work? What would you possibly be adapting too? In all honesty, they are probably adapting as each game is played? But it won't show if you're oline is on rollerskates the entire game. Or your star qb is terrified of his blindside on every play. Even the one's you just adapted to. Plain and simple..., You cannot execute plays if they have no time to develop.
Its not that I really want to defend Shula. But I cannot make a fair assessment of the guy, when dealing with these sorts of circumstances. And the truth is, who really would be successful in this environment? OC's pick teams that suit their strengths. I promise you that there has never been an OC itching to take a job that has no rb's or oline. If anything, Shula has the right to be mad more than any of us. He is not coaching his team. Or at least, only a fraction of it.
After taking a 1 and 3 team to the playoffs last year..., I think the guy deserves a little bit of our respect. Firing your OC will not magically make the oline better. I would love to see us winning games and going to the playoffs. But firing Shula does not make that task any easier. In fact, I think it would set us back further than any of us want to go.
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