But don't get me wrong - I still like him overall as the head coach, but I HATE the fact that he has input in the offensive gameplan. The eagles loss made me sure that he does. Let me start out by saying that Mike Johnson is a pretty bright guy - he's young, creative (to the point where he'll open up the playbook a lot more than Raye, although a lot of their plays simply suck), and knows where the offense's strengths lie. If it weren't for Singletary giving Johnson an earful about pounding the ball and shoving Gore down the throat of the defense, Johnson would be calling plays HIS way - and in case you don't know what that is, I'm guessing it's something along the lines of
- incorporating more of the spread offense, playing to Alex's strengths
- not calling run plays on second and long, so as to not face a probable third and long, making it an obvious passing situation
-running Gore to the outsides more, and not up the (stacked) middle
I don't know why Sing continues to insist on "establishing the running game." I hope Gore's pair of fumbles proved something to him (although I doubt it). The objective in football is to fool the opposing team by making it face the unexpected. If the opponent has stacked eight guys in the box, you've got to be an idiot if you decide to be stubborn and run. This is the NFL - then aim is to set up the run with the pass; doing the opposite is nearly impossible.
The only message I have for Singletary is this -
Let Mike Johnson do his thing and run the offense himself - the offensive philosophy you're trying to instill is ineffective now and always will be. Get yourself out of the offensive gameplan - stick to defense - or nothing even. Just don't touch the offense.