Originally posted by sacleads:
Originally posted by DownSouth:
Sing almost has to back Raye. Like Nolan backed Davis and Hostler during the year when they came under fire. Few fans want to criticize Singletary, and woudl much rather attack Raye. I'm one of them. However, this offense is Singletary's fault. It was his choice.
Sing is backing him b/c the offense is Singletary's fault. He fired Martz. He seemed so meddlesome about the offense, Linehan turned us down to go coordinate the Lions' offense, and other candidates didn't even interview, and in true Raider-fashio, Singletary was forced to scrape the bottom of the barrell for Raye. Raye is just happy to have an OC job. He'll do what SIng says to do. Oh, and Sing's offense is abysmal. Near the bottom of the NFL. The responsibility falls on the HC that hired the "just happy to be here" puppet OC.
The offense just cant' do what he wants. After the last 2 games, reporters keep pointing out that the offense plays the best in the 3WR, 1TE, 1 RB formation, particuarly with Smith in the shotgun. Singletary pretends not to notice and acts like he is protecting the QB and the OL from having to spread it out b/c they aren't ready for it.
The truth is that he is being conservative and uncreative and that is exactly what he wants. He doens't like that the more spreaad out, more downfield passing game is working and the running game is dead. He doesn't like it b/c it's risky and it forces him to do things he doesn't feel comfortable doing. Well, that is what good coaches do--they adjust. Look at Belicheater in NE--his D is moving more and more into a 4/3 b/c of personnel. Look at Sparano in Miami--he wanted a grind it out offense, and instead is known for making big plays from running a gimmicky trick formation.
In the coming games, we'll see what kind of coach Sing is. If he can change the offense into one that better fits our personnel, he may be a lot more than a great motivator and leader. Will he let himself do that even though he isn't comfortable with it?
Great post. No matter what Raye does and how much fans hate is guts....in the end...it starts and ends with our HC...Sing. Sing has the final say on what goes and what doesn't......Seems like we might need a new HC to go to the next level.
Some coaches are good at putting the pieces together and others are better off taking the team to the next level.
So far, Raye's offense looks like Hostler's offense. Boring, predictable and ineffective. Singletary's choices were conservative, much like Nolan's. But, Singletary has things Nolan just didn't have--leadership skills, the ability to inspire men to work harder, a willingness to play younger players, and an honesty toward the players themselves.
We'll see if Singletary will change while it still matters, where Nolan didn't. Singletary just has to get over his fear of opening up the offense. So far, his idea of opening up the offese is to throw a hitch or WR screen on early downs. That just isn't aggressive playcalling.
Yes, our OL is beat up, but would you rather throw the intermediate routes on 1st and 2nd downs or would you rather wait until it's 3rd and long? It's interesting that the conservative choice (waiting until 3rd down) also puts more pressure on the OL and QB the HC isn't sure can handle it. LOL.
We'll see what Singletary is made of soon. If the offense struggles all year, I expect the brass to pressure him to fire/demote Raye.