It's Friday, and I feel like writing. Here are the biggest complaints that I'm seeing around the forums thus far. I just wanted to inject a little reality into the argument:
1) We don't have enough speed on this team.
I wanted to address this first because it's by far the most ludicrous.
Concerning the defense, if there's one thing we do have on that side of the ball, it's definitely speed. They were plenty fast enough to stop Adrian Peterson, Fitz, Boldin, and Steven Jackson. And the big plays we gave up to Atlanta weren't due to lack of speed, it was due to lack of proper technique.
On Roddy White's 90 yard touchdown Nate was in position, he just tried to break on the ball instead of making the tackle. I will concede that Roman got torched, but it's been fact for awhile now he isn't exactly a burner. Going back and looking at Michael Turner's big runs, more often than not someone got a hand on him early.
They just failed (miserably) to wrap him up.
Offensively, I can agree that we do need faster players in certain positions, but it's not as bad as people are making it out to be. On Josh Morgan's 70 yard reception, he only got caught because he started jogging at around the 10. On the Bly interception, same deal. He started showboating and assumed that no one was behind him.
So what we saw in that game pretty much boils down to lack of focus. Mental mistakes that Atlanta made us pay dearly for.
2) I don't like the way that Coach Sing uses timeouts.
Again, the responses to this are more reactionary than logical. Case in point:
The decision to call time out towards the end of the Arizona game to "rally the troops" was lauded because we went on to WIN. The only reason people are complaining now is because Atlanta pretty much continued to hand our asses to us-- timeouts be damned.
Our performance (or lack thereof) can hardly be blamed on one timeout. And Delanie's fumble on the ensuing kickoff is irrelevant. Had Delanie properly secured the ball we wouldn't even be having this conversation.
3) Benching Shaun Hill is the answer to our offensive problems.
In short, no it isn't. Benching Hill won't help anything. Starting Smith, Davis, or trading for Peyton Manning won't help anything either. Until we fix the O-line, it doesn't matter who's back there if we can't protect him. Yes, I am aware that even when he's has time Hill's throws aren't always perfect.
Still, that doesn't detract from the root issue.
It isn't Hill's fault that as soon as he drops back there's a defender in his face. It isn't Hill's fault that no one respects the run game because our line can't open holes. Defenses are getting pressure on us EVEN when we have Vernon, and Morgan helping to block. And they're doing it with only 4 or 5 rushers.
IMO, this is a scheming issue. Hopefully, our coaching staff will correct this. I know some of you say it's due to lack of talent on the line, so I'll let you guys debate that one.