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  1. If we are going to be honest with him, the pitch is that we know he is tired of disappointing losses in the playoffs. We have the fix for that.
  2. There are also a lot of first and second round QBs no longer in the league, and not before they aged out. This line of thought is a minefield.
  3. Hey, if you don't have anything to back up your position, you either make it up or you post something completely unrelated. Huddle rules, I think.
  4. Why would this be any different than any other topic? This is the Huddle, remember? Let's not get delusional with our expectations.
  5. You may be right. The list of coordinators who were good to exceptional, but could stunk in the head coaching job is not small. Now add something that is a rarity for us right now: he has actual NFL coaching experience. Now if we can get someone in the OL coach spot with a little bit of that thing called NFL experience, maybe we won't look quite as lost, both on Sundays and when selecting who plays and where on the OL on Sundays.
  6. I've sitting here thinking he is the same guy who could not generate enough offense to give the Falcons flailing defense a breather at any point while they were blowing a 28-3 lead in a Super Bowl. And then, with about 4:00 to go and after a big play that put them on the Pats 22 with a first down, only need 3 to potentially seal the game despite having the 25 lead cut to 8, not being able to put a point on the board, even get a shot at making it a 2-score game, run off any clock, or even cause the Pats to drain their time outs. I think the guy is brilliant, but brilliant coaches often outsmart themselves....especially on offense. And not for nothing, he was 6-10 in his first year in San Fran. His second year they were 4-12. If he did that here, the Huddle would be besides itself wanting him run out of town. If Rhule is reading this....his third year was 13-3 and a Super Bowl berth.
  7. It could be that the worst thing that happened was there was hope after last year. The defense looked like it was starting to come together, the WR corps looked good even with the potential (and eventual) loss of Samuel, and while we only posted 5 wins, we were expecting 0-4 and we looked prepared to increase that total this year. Especially with our primary offensive weapon out for most of that 5-11 season. Our draft picks and their progress was part of that. That led to people talking about a run at a playoff spot this year. Instead, the 2020 draft choices collectively did not seem to take the next step (I won't get into why), the 2021 draft choices mostly didn't play, our WRs regressed in production (maybe on them, maybe on the QB, maybe both), we did not address the OL issues early (and the vets we brought in did very little), we essentially traded transition QBs and went from a conservative, ball protection guy to a gunslinger sort who has PTSD from the Jets, and then we added to it with our OL woes. We left 2021 with more question marks than we entered it with. And that is probably my main disappointment right now, and my main concern about Rhule. I have serious doubts that his philosophy/program translates to the NFL. Maybe my main concern is that his emphasis on "versatility" makes him deaf to the fact that the NFL is largely comprised of extremely good specialists. A great LT is a great LT. He does not need to be a good RG, TE, K, or anything else at the expense of his mastering of his real position. If the RT can play decently at LT in a pinch, great. If you have OGs that can snap when the primary C is out, great. But, when it comes to the NFL, I would rather have 8 of my 22 starters that are in the top tier of their positions, than 22 who can come out of the huddle in line up in any position.
  8. True, all of it. Did Rhule want to be the HC of the Panthers? Yes. It was a shot at proving himself at the NFL level. We are not talking about a guy coaching Bama, Ohio State, Michigan, or some other pinnacle in college football that a coach would really have to weigh whether they want to give up "all this" to risk going to the next level. This was "his shot." We have seen other college coaches with bigger names and resumes than Rhule get to the NFL and flame out. At some point, it is almost like they give up and go through the motions. It happened to Spurrier, Saban, Petrino, Holtz, etc and it happened pretty quickly. It happened to Chip Kelly, it just took longer due to some initial success. It happened to Meyer almost on day one, it seems. There is no set of proven characteristics for whether or not a college coach will make it in the NFL. It is almost completely random. The only place I differ with Khyber is I don't think we will know in a couple of weeks. I think Rhule is here for 2022, at least the first 10-12 games, barring some complete meltdown. I honestly hope Kyber is right. Unlike most of this board, I don't think Tepper is an idiot. I also don't think he is some oracle who knows what the right answer to these situations is. I do think he is more patient and deliberate than most of this board seems to understand.
  9. If he can play as the backup kicker, that is three of the four and a half.
  10. My feeling about Cousins is pretty much the same as my feeling about Garappolo in that thread. If we had $0 to maybe $5M invested in Darnold, if our OL was not a sieve and could keep a QB upright, and if our coaching staff was able to develop game plans around his strengths and avoiding his weaknesses, it would be worth considering as a transition QB. Add to that he would have to be a reasonable cost, both in salary and it what we would give up to get him. But, we have about $20M invested in Darnold for 2022, our OL is a sieve until further notice, and our offensive coaching staff is up in the air right now. Here is the problem with getting either of those guys as a transition. We set that up with Bridgewater, then shot ourselves in both feet by getting into a public pi$$ing contest with him to the point we had to send him elsewhere. That meant we took what was a 2-3 year plan and torpedoed it in one. In fairness, most of this board gave the team a standing ovation for that. Then we basically went back to square one with Darnold. The jury is still out on his ability to do that, but they were not smiling at us as they left the court room. And, our OL got Darnold killed back there. So, transitions are rather useless because 1) we don't stick to the plan, and 2) our OL as it stands now requires us to have a roster of QBs about the size of a MLB bullpen staff. None of this is a knock on Cousins. I don't know that anybody would have done more than he did in Minnesota. He's not exciting, but he is not a fiasco waiting to happen, either. Put him at the helm of a decent team, and he will help yield decent - good results. We would not be putting him at the helm of a decent team, especially on offense, especially behind our OL.
  11. Truth is, I would have doubts the DBs on the play even noticed the whistle. The guys chasing Burrow, yes, but the DBs not so much, especially with the ball in the air.
  12. If McCarthy really believes running a QB draw with 14 seconds left and no time outs is "the right call," somebody needs to sit down with him. There are hundreds of replays available that can show him that if a play is run while the clock is moving and no timeout is called, the best you can hope for in terms of getting the next play off is about 14 seconds. If your goal is to end the game spiking the ball, he's right, it is the right call if the best case scenario happens. As others have said, it demonstrates just how much Rodgers covered up McCarthy's limitations.
  13. The league has contributed greatly to this situation. They started by making rules that were impossible to call on the field and had to be looked at on replay. The former definition of a catch was something that it took two physicists and a mechanical engineer to determine on instant replay, and then they had to look at it frame by frame to figure it out. They tried to fix that, but the damage had been done. Remember when they cracked down on hits to the QB? They followed that up by telling officials that anybody who missed one would be disciplined. What did they think was going to happen but the worst possible outcome? They created an environment where officials were throwing major flags on what they thought happened (but not what they saw) or what they expected to happen, but in some cases didn't. Once they get their officials thinking "they'll just look at it on replay" or "I'd better call it or else," that is a hard trend to reverse. Moving the umpire out from behind the DL to in the offensive backfield also left two officials looking at the same plays from only a slightly different angle, rather than from opposite angles. Then, there are three back line officials. That goes back to 1978, when teams were largely running two wideouts and a tight end. Given the fact they took the umpire out of a position to provide them any help, maybe they need to look at putting another one back there. It's not like they don't have room.
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