Originally posted by Joecool:
Do you think if you experienced what Cossell has and if you have done that for that many years and if you had unlimited access to coaches film and highly knowledgable resources could also learn much more than the average person or even coach? I find it hard to believe you wouldn't unless you can only count to potato.
I'm willing to bet I've seen more and read more about the 9ers than Cossell has. That doesn't mean I am more knowledgeable about the NFL but when I read mistakes he makes about Smith's inability to throw down the field, and yet he has a record of being an accurate long passer, he loses creditably When he says Smith just can't get it done in the Red Zone, but Smith was really good in the Red Zone under Raye...he loses credibility.
I think many pundits assume the game plans are good and that it's all the players fault when a team fails...or a player doesn't make a play. For instance, Dwight Clark was talking about the timing routes in the WCO requiring such precision that they timed each WR and the QB would have to adjust his pass accordingly. I realize that this happens with all QBs to some extent, but when a QB only has three or four chances a game, and he might not have the same receiver running deep routes twice in a game...just difficult to establish that rapport with each guy in a hurry. On a different team, with a more open offense the timing would come more quickly--more game-time experience and taking more chances.
Now, as far as you criticizing others when they disagree with Cossell...several past coaches say that Smith throws an excellent deep ball...are they idiots who can't spell potato as well? You are being a bit insulting pretending that all knowledgeable football people agree with everything Cossell says. Not really much of an argument.
[ Edited by dtg_9er on Nov 3, 2012 at 2:25 PM ]