Originally posted by thedude:
Good coaching would make these players look a hell of a lot smarter, IMO. Hope we get to find out...
True. A good coach coaches an entire approach to playing the game, not just the motivation and Xs and Os. Coaching has obviously been a huge problem for this team, probably the biggest problem. But coaching isn’t the only problem.
A good team has leaders at several positions who demand focus on a single approach. Even if we were to have a good coach, I don’t see enough talented guys with the right personalities on this team to step into those leadership roles.
The problem is definitely more glaring on the offensive side of the ball, where I don’t see a single natural leader. Vernon and Gore have stepped up, but only really because no one else has. Neither is what I’d call a natural leader. Maybe a good coach can get that out of some of our younger guys, but it’s not there now. We’re probably better off searching for some veteran leaders to show our young players how it’s done. We can start at QB, but we need that leadership on the OL and at WR too.
On defense we’ve got a lot of talent, but from what I can tell, only 1 natural leader—Spikes—and he’ll likely be gone in the next couple years. Willis seems to be stepping up, but I wouldn’t say he’s a natural leader. Add a veteran pass-rusher, a veteran CB, and get some leadership from either safety spot (paging Taylor Mays…) and this defense is immediately improved. I see Bowman stepping-in nicely for Spikes at some point.
So I wouldn’t say that the players we have are dumber than other teams’, but the bad coaching and severe lack of team leadership isn't exactly facilitating smart play.