I've seen a lot of football in my 32 years on this earth but last Saturday against Tampa Bay was the worst I've ever seen.
It wasn't just the execution, play-calling, or ultimate performance. This was something special.This was a complete, truly complete, performance. An honest one even.
What I realized last week was the extent of how bad this team really is. This wasn't a bad game... this is an awful team.
I also realize who's fault that is and what share of the blame they deserve.
It's 100% the coaching staff's fault. That's their only job... to analyze the opposition, develop counter-strategies, implement them to ensure proper execution on game-day, and it seems like the not only aren't doing it well... they aren't doing it at all.
The players can only execute what they are taught... are they making mistakes? Yes. Are some under-performing? Yes. The reality though is that it doesn't matter if they aren't growing as players and they aren't given a weapon they can use. Namely an effective game-plan.
Every week, the opposition seems to have our simplistic offense figured out to a tee and so we struggle to score in spite of our immense talent on the offensive side of the ball. Clearly we have QB issues but I assure you all that with good coaching, we'd still be scoring 28 points a game.
The greater issue is on defense where I've long argued that we are actually over-peforming and under-talented... at least last season. This year though, what I've noticed is that we are under-talented and performing as expected. More so, we are getting beat by teams with limited weapons... soundly beat. Every week it looks as though the other team sat in on our week of preparation.
I haven't argued that we fire the coaching staff yet but I'm going to now. We should fire every single person on the coaching staff... every assistant, co-ordinator, and Singletary himself. Everyone.
Who should we hire? I don't know but someone who knows how to prepare their team to win, week in and week out. A master of preparation. That's who we need. I don't know who that person is but we need him. Tragically, we'll probably hire Nolan again, ha ha.