Only problem I have with play calling is in the Red Zone where they consistently ran the ball into a stacked D. The trick plays often work even when they don't gain yards because the D has to take note.
Weapons? Weapons? An inconsistent VD and erratic Crabtree were the only receiving weapons, though I would have liked to have seen more passes to Miller and Hunter to take some pressure off the OLine. With Morgan out Smith lost the only WR he had good experience with, and that says it all. They need to have five solid WRs going into next year to assure an elite passing game.
OLine was a leaky faucet for sacks in most games (against teams with a decent rush). That may be the most important area to repair. RG and C could be upgraded by bringing in a vet RG so Snyder can back up both spots (if signed). The middle of the line collapsed too often last year and no offense can be elite without protection for the QB. The number of times Smith had less than two seconds to throw the ball was ridiculous.
QB played better than most expected and well enough to win up to and including the playoffs. Is he one of the elite QBs? Not yet but he may become one, and for now is good enough to win a championship. Two ST fumbles from the super bowl and they very well could have beaten NE in the super bowl...with this QB.
In stead of being grumpy and sad about last season people should sit back and accept the fact that it was a turn around year and very successful. Bodes well for the next five or ten years.
Edit--by solid WRs I mean five guys who know all the routes and plays, not five elite players. I doubt that any of our WRs had the plays down last year, unless it was Morgan who was injured early.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Feb 28, 2012 at 7:23 AM ]