mistaowen wrote:New OC who gets to implement a new offense with a whole new offensive coaching staff and minimal input from Pete on that side of the ball. Build the program, build the culture, continue shaping the D, that's it. Pete's offense doesn't translate anymore, can't look like dog $h!t for 3/4 of a game and scrape out a win against playoff caliber teams. It's baffling to me how challenging every pass is when I look at every other team in the league scheme guys open consistently.
Year 3 of Schotty, massive regression. Same garbage shows up every year. After Vikings game teams simply changed to cover2/cover4 and the offense couldn't move the ball for 3 quarters every game. How do you come out in a home playoff game and get negative total yards in the first quarter? There was zero adjustments made once teams got the blueprint on the offense and they just kept jamming a square into a circle. Pete surprisingly mentioned he wished the offense adjusted better second half of season/today but at this point I have no faith he will make necessary changes. A young, fresh minded OC who will get the most out of Russ's skillset at this point in his career is desperately needed because I am concerned his confidence started to shake this season. Pete decided to go ultra Pete ball after those 2 turnover heavy games, looked like a different QB since then.
More playmakers on offense. JS needs to be ruthless this year and do some serious roster churn on the depth. This year felt like a step in the right direction but more is needed.
KNJ turned the defense around but how much of it was due to some pretty terrible QB's is up for debate. I don't think getting to average after being on pace for the worst defense of all time is much to hang your hat on. I still think fresh blood at DC is needed.
I absolutely agree with your first two points, and have had the same thoughts for a while now.
As far as more playmakers on offense, we have a lot of talent there, they just weren't utilized properly. Even though he had a record breaking season, they should have been finding a lot more creative ways to get DK the ball. He's a beast. That said, we could definitely use a reliable 3rd down possession receiver. Our 3rd down conversion rate was abysmal, even early in the season when the offense was practically scoring at will. Also, it will be interesting to see what they decide to do at RB.
As for KNJ, I was firmly on the fire him bandwagon earlier in the season. But with the transformation late in the season, I think he's earned one more year to determine if that was just a product of the bad teams we were playing. I'm not real confident in his abilities as a DC, but given the turnaround, I don't see PC making a change at this time.