Thats your perspective, but I dont agree with it. There is no reason for Rivera and g man to rock the boat by bringing in Ramsdell if they were satisfied with Shulas job performance.
I mean, if the above is 100% reality in his mind, it would've been easy to just let Shula go and hire Ramsdell as OC. Before Smith got hurt, I feel like the offense was more or less exactly what Rivera wanted.
So other reasons to bring on Ramsdell -
*he can actively help out
*our QBs coach and WRs coaches are bright and probably going places, but both have minimal coaching experience, so he can mentor and fill in the gaps where they aren't as strong
*Shula himself can always use some help
None of that means "Rivera wants to fire Shula." Yes, Ramsdell can most likely succeed Shula and, if it's required, he probably would. That's another reason he's valuable, but it's not like they're going to keep a guy like that behind glass either.
Ramsdell's bio closely aligns with the Air Coryell offense. Shula has been associated with a more conservative ball control offense.
Our offense last year was clearly lacking the explosiveness that it had during Chuds first year with basically the same roster.
Could this mean Shula may be on a short leash ? The position was quietly created and only discovered because of two of our own doing their own research.
My hopes is that it indicates Shula has been given different marching orders as to the offense we will be running in the future. If he stumbles we already have the guy on staff that can make it happen.
Shula is Coryell, too. The offense didn't change. Coryell doesn't always mean running 4 verticals on second down in your own territory.
Not unlike Steve Wilks' hiring, Rivera targeted an area that needed an upgrade. In both cases, yes, it provides a contingency for failure.
The thing about this, though, is that people read too deeply into this. That contingency is not plan A. Rivera wants this offense to succeed and he, Shula, Ramsdell, and the rest will work to that goal. That's their only job. Anything else comes after significant failure, and they don't want that.
I don't want to give out the impression that because Ramsdell's here, there'll suddenly be a ton of deep balls chucked up. Rivera wants to control the ball (which, BTW, is not an offense, it's a concept - and even with that, it's up to whether you have 2011 chuck-it-up Cam running it or the later 2012-2013 conservative, take what you get Cam running it).
and I remember a number of things that the national media has gotten that the locals haven't. I feel like there's a lot they leave out, if nothing else. For instance, when Steve Wilks was hired, the locals said "oh they tried to get him last year and couldn't." Oh? The hell did it take you a year to tell us that for?
there are plenty of examples - the players-only meeting before the Giants game I don't remember hearing about for a month or so is a recent example.
just give us the information.
I'm not going to get on Jones like I might Person, he seems to have sense. But I don't know if he has much say.
Who gives a flying f*ck if Mr. Generic Create-a-Character Name sucks or not at breaking news, all of this type of info is bound to become public in one way or another, why don't you all worry about the actual news itself instead of who got it first like a bunch of 1st graders, jeez. You guys stress over his incompetence like he smashed your wife lol. /endsrantandlogsoff
I think that's a heck of a point, I mean, this is neat and all but just want to know what's going on.
you know the maddening thing is - OK, so not everybody knows the game that writes. And Mr. Scot and I are definitely coach geeks. He and I over the years have talked about assistant coaches like mad. So I get it, not everybody writing will know Ramsdell.
But Sweet Fancy The Golden Calf of Bristol, google the guy. Even complete ignorance of it other than "here's this coach someone told me joined" gives you the name to google. Wait, it's Person. Does Altavista still work?
He didn't look great this past year. I don't know if the knee bothered him, but he didn't look like a high first when I was watching him, and traditional thought has him in the 40s now. So, in the second, sure.
(he has no bio yet; his photo looks like the same one from the Charger page; maybe it just happened)
Ramsdell is a guy I've coveted for our coaching staff for a while now. Generic title could mean he's teaming with Shula to work on the offense in general (especially with a word like 'senior' in there).
Awesome find, Mags. I'm stoked
yeah. I'm sure everyone's thinking, what in the blue hell is all this about?
For the uninitiated this could be massive - Shula's a modestly experienced coordinator on a team that's conservative in its approach. Add in that all the assistants on offense with any real pull, the vets, are all running game guys (OL, RB, etc). I like both Dorsey and Proehl a lot - but both are green, and neither have that vet touch to the O that can help our passing game.
So Ramsdell's spent 20 years under a couple of the aces of this offense's development. Problem solved there, at least in experience.
This is a pretty massive move for the team, in my opinion. Those of us that pay attention to that stuff, he was the top choice for a few of us for OC in '11. Also Lance Taylor's gone as assistant WRs coach, which is a spot I hope we fill.
So there is no way CJ stays after this coming up year?
I don't know if I believe that. For one, I don't believe that CJ's at all declining. He's a more consistent player and he's more repeatably productive. He was having a much better year than Hardy, who got a lot of his sacks against three teams with some line issues.
That's not to say I want Hardy to go, and I know paying for both is tough. But, no, I wouldn't want to drop CJ if I can help it. He's only 27, and he's been averaging 11 sacks a year since he was freaking 23.
also the Giants put tons of resources into end. Put a 2nd into Tuck while Umenyiora and Strahan were around. Then they threw Pierre-Paul at it. I don't think it's a matter of choosing between Hardy or CJ, and I hope it's not.
I don't know that the part about it not actually helping you until June is correct.
But, we're not into the league year yet, so it may not be possible. They do let you sign players to 'futures' contracts (scrub guys) and come to terms with guys who you hold rights to, but we're still in league year 2013, and the nature of the June cut is that future proration goes into the next year. Which is '14 until the year rolls over.