Linehan's play calling and offensive game planning is not the only problem with the offense, because Stafford has made some poor decisions/throws, his mechanics are off and his recievers have been under performing ....but personally, I think Stafford's sturggles are a part of this because Linehan hasnt adjusted to the rest of the NFL in the same way the NFL has adjusted to the Lions offense. He lacks the creativity needed to be a good OC in the NFL, and this entire offense is suffering as a result. No one can question the ability of this young offense, but the same problems are still here...... these guys lack direction and discipline, and they also still take costly penalties and dont take care of the football. While it is expected that the players, too, should know when and how to make the appropriate adjustments, the coaching staff—namely those heavily involved in the on-field activities—needs to do a better job of putting everyone in place to make the right plays.
Jim Schwartz also deserves some of the blame, and if this team take a major step back, we should really evaluate where we stand with him as Head Coach. This team clearly needs discipline and I am beginning to doubt if Schwartz is the right guy to infuse discipline into this team.
If Schwartz is retained, and Linehan is fired, then Chan Gailey would be the perfect offensive coordinator for this team if he got fired from the Bills....he would be great with Quarterback Matthew Stafford to get him back on track and im sure is quite familar with him when he used to coach against Georgia, and he is very familar with Calvin Johnson having coached him in Georgia Tech. His connection here is Gunther Cunningham, who worked with him in KC, and could reccomend him, assuming ths staff is still here next year. I have a hard time beliving one can go from 5000 yards and 40+ touchdowns to not being able to find the end zone and not have the blame fall on coaching.
The Buffalo Bills havent been able to keep people out of the endzone, but they certainly have been able to find it. Yeah the Bills are 3-4 right now, but offense is not the Bills major issue, its the Defense of the Bills that is, possibly the worst the NFL has ever seen. The Bills are the 9th best scoring offense in the NFL, and this is with Ryan Fitzpatrick, an NFL journeyman as their QB, who arguably has had a better season than Stafford thus far. I know Gailey hasnt done anything overwhelming in Buffalo with the offense, but with the talent Buffalo has on offense, and with who their QB is....he clearly gets the most out of it with the limit of talent they have, and the Lions are way more talented on offense. Gailey runs the spread, and it helps get the most out of Ryan Fitzpatrick's ability, and definetly could be effective in Detroit
Gailey may be awful as a head coach, but he certainly still has chops as an offensive cordinator, his dual title in Buffalo, and still has the creativity to be a great offensive coordinator in the NFL,....something Scott Linehan doesnt have what so ever.
Btw...I dont think anybody will disagree with the fact that the Defense has been playing great so far, considering the fact that they have been on the field forever because the offense cant stay on the field.....great job Gunther Cunningham.