RE: Amateur Opinion: our coordinators
(09-28-2011 01:53 PM)takeitdown Wrote: Without getting into all the reasons I think coordinators are a big deal, I'll just mention a few things.
1) If Mularkey knows his offense can't be run because we lack the interior OL to hold up...it's his job to make that clear to the FO, so we get him the players he needs to run his offense. He's not just an innocent bystander...he needs to know that's why they can't run plays
2) Talent is much more equal in the NFL than it used to be, and scheme has become a huge deal. The Eagles have traded numerous QBs over the last decade for picks because they looked great in Philly, only to have them look pedestrian elsewhere. They have a great system for QBs. Denver used to do the same with RBs. Those are just two examples of scheme trumping talent. Belicheck changes his type of offense and defense often to fit his personnel...he's considered a great coach because he adjusts his schemes to fit his personnel and give them a great chance of winning.
3) For a specific instance, if you recall when we played the Eagles last year, their OL was in tatters. We were supposed to dominate them. They knew that and hit us with misdirections for the first quarter, to slow down our pass rush. It worked. That's a clear example of minimizing a weakness, a matchup problem, through scheming.
So, I don't want to get into what I think should be done by each coordinator, and sometimes it is very difficult to tell without coach tape, but I think it's important to realize just how big of a deal scheme and playcalls make in this league. The coaches have become more and more important as the talent has become more even. Execution matters because nothing works without it, but putting your guys in a scheme to succeed, makes them much more likely to execute effectively.