The coaching staff is costing us. Singletary has got these guys together and motivated but that's not enough. We do not look like a well coached team. To come in off a bye and do nothing in the first half and have your back-up QB who wasn't getting reps be more effective is sad. Nearly a dozen penalties! Well caoched teams don't do that. On those two delay of game penalties the plays were late coming in. On one of them you could see Smith glaring at the sideline, holding his hands by his ears and waiting. After he got the play, the huddle was already around him, he called the play immediately, and didn't have the seconds to get it off. Inexcusable.
Both the Minnesota and Houston games were so close that any small difference would have tipped things in our favor. You could say that difference should or could have come from anywhere but coaching should help not hurt you. In Minny the play calling killed us. In Houston we didn't need much more to be in field goal range. Take away that last delay penalty and we likely convert a fourth and five, spike it, make a completion, and let Nedney take a shot at the tie.
It is easy with hindsight to second guess but you don't see the coaching staffs of winning teams hurting their teams so much. There are plenty examples like not having a time out to challenge with in Atlanta. I don't want to start listing them. I just believe with better coaching could easily be 5-1 and I am having a hard time accepting it. I don't want a new staff. I just want our current one to improve. Singletary is still a rookie coach. I'd like to think he and his staff can.
[ Edited by JC49 on Oct 26, 2009 at 3:45 AM ]