Regardlerss of if the offense has been good or bad, I think we can all agree its been a bit gimmicky. Yes, I understand they are trying to make it comfortable for RG3 and the easiest way to do that is by giving him an offense that he was used to, but come on. I think the best part about RG3 is his pocket presence and his poise, and yet we are still running a gimmick style offense. I guarantee you if you just use the same offensive playbook we had last year, and incorporate RG3 into it, he would be throwing darts all over the place. Honestly, designed runs, other than a QB draw at the goaline (which by the way, if we would have ran that yesterday instead of terrible sweeps and screens, we would have scored in the first quarter), are so ridiculous. If we were running a normal shanahan offense (or any normal NFL offense) I honestly believe wed have just the same, if not better, results. I understand injuries are setting this back, and I understand we have to tamper our expectations. I didnt have high expectations going into this season, I never would have thought Robert was going to play this good. And yes, the offense has worked, BUT, I think the reason its been slowed as of late, is because the defense has done a better job playing it. But thats the thing, they havent figured Robert out at all, and they never will. Even the past 2 weeks where he supposedly had "bad" weeks. The guy didnt throw one interception. Didnt have one fumble. He may have only had 1 touchdown and like a 55% completion, but heck with the drops, he would have had 60% at least. Its time to see what he can do in a normal pro style offense. We have to see what he can do. Gimmicky pistol formations and things of that nature just dont work forever in the NFL. Lets put him behind center and let him start reading defenses pre snap.
Which brings me to my next point, the two minute drill looked ridiculous Sunday. This I blame on the Shanahans. In the Tampa Bay game, Roberts headseat went out and he called the plays. They team looked urgent, they got to the line quick and played fast. Yesterday the two minute drill looked absolutely terrible. Robert was waiting for the coach to call in the play and it just took way too long. They need to let him run the no huddle. I think he will do a suberb job with it. Quite frankly, I think they need to just let him do his thing, run a no huddle and play a classic pro style offense. Everyones talking about Luck this week, give me a break. First of all, Luck throws 50 times a game. If robert threw 50 times a game, hed have similar stats. Secondly, the Colts have the absolute worst schedule in the NFL. Dolphins, Titans, Vikings, Jaguars, they havent played any tough defneses except the Bears, and the Packers defense sucks so Im not even saying them. Roberts had to play Giants, Atlanta, Pittsburgh, Rams (yes the rams have an amazing defense), even Cincinatti. All good defenses. People are just blowing the whole week 9 Luck performance out of proportion. Yes hes great, and I think he will be a future HOFer (I think RG3 will too), but come on man, when you throw 48 times in a game, 433 yards, is what should be expected. Let Griffin run the pro. The kid takes care of the ball so well. all the other rookie QBs have double digit INT's. Grif has 3! He is smart with the ball, let him play. I think his no-huddle would be very up-tempo.
I have been a backer of Kyle Shanahan from day one, but his play calling last Sunday was abyssmal. I have no idea what hes thinking. I dont understand the goaline play calling, I dont understand the abandonment of the run in the second half. I dont understand the designed runs and I sure as hell dont understand the point of not calling a QB draw up the middle when thats been the bread and butter TD play all year for us. With that being said, I still dont think we should fire Mike or Kyle. I would like to give them one more year. However, if they do get fired, I agree with what people are saying about needing a coordinator or coach that hasnt won a superbowl yet. Andy Reids my pick. Hes always made QBs look better than what they are and if Mcnabb was a pro bowler under him, Grif would be an MVP. He hasnt won a ring yet so hes still hungry. I doubt they fire Shanny, but if they do, I hope they get Reid.
As for HAslett, he needs to go. this defense is a joke. Injuries or not, it doesnt amtter, theres no excuse for the play calling. He barely blitzes, when blitzing is the way to go. then when we shouldnt blitz, he blitzes. Honestly, I am one of those people that always back coaches play calling because they know more than fans and its why they are in the NFL in the first place, but seriously, Haslett is just mentally challenged anymore. I have no idea what hes doing anymore. We cant get any pressure. Plus we are playing 7 guys back to try to make up for the bad secondary but all that does is gives QBs more time to pick us apart. Hes been so bad at managing this defense. We must get rid of him. There is no reason he should still be on this team at the end of the year. What we must do is get a d coordinator that has a proven track record of turning chicken s*** into chicken salad. My vote is for Wade Phillips as D coordinator. Offer him more money then Houston and he would jump ship. I still believe in keepinmg Shannys another year, but if we dont, Id love the team of Reid/Phillips, and hire an up and coming coach as O coordinator but let Reid do most of the work.