Am I the only one that thinks the only way this team does anything this year is if they make a bold mid-season change in the coaching staff, ala an offering of sorts to the football gods like the Ravens did last year with their OC? I think despite our epic shittiness this season in the most important of situations so far, we're still in the driver's seat division-wise and would greatly benefit from a hard turn off the beaten path. This team has played as tough as anybody at times, is overall a tight-knit group/locker room, and has true game changers on both sides of the ball. The problem is their just assholes at times, recklessly blowing god-given opportunities to be a dominant force that would give us the respect of a Seattle or Denver or NE.
We've all seen what this team can do when the engine's firing on all cylinders -- 27 pts. in one quarter -- but yet, after playing what I'd at least call mostly inspired football for 3 years now, we're still prone to being upset by the worst of the worst in the league. What's worse is we're hardly ever truly competitive with the best of the best, especially late in the season and in our one recent playoff stint. I believe Stafford truly is an elite-caliber QB that is at worst pretty good right now. He might make you want to burn your retinas in disgust now and then, but in my 30 years now I've never seen a Lions QB this capable of throwing up 5 TDs or 400 yards on any given Sunday against any defense. He fits passes into windows Harrington, Batch, Mitchell, etc. could never dream of fitting passes into. We have Calvin, possibly the best ever WR when it's all said and done. We have Reggie, Joique, Nate, Suh, Fairley, Ansah, Levy, Tulloch, Delmas. We have playmakers.
I have to believe the only way this team is going to make a championship-type turnaround, not just a run good enough to make the playoffs and possibly compete against the Giants or Eagles, or whoever in the first round, but to actually compete for a title, we have to make a change in the coaching ranks. And that change has to make enough of a true impact that the players are noticeably driven by it. That leaves just 3 positions...head coach, offensive coordinator and defensive coordinator. While I believe less and less each week that Jim Schwartz can ever be the guy, I think that might be too big of a move and maybe cause more problems than anything. Between the two coordinators, I think Gunner is much less to blame for our woes than Linehan. We've had a lot of good defense this year despite having a ghost-like secondary. We've lost more games in my opinion due to the offense than defense. And besides, I gotta believe Schwartz has a pretty heavy hand in the defense anyways, so it may not be a Gunner problem. That leaves Linehan. Baltimore benefited pretty well from their midseason move last year, so why not us? We have the pieces. We've just become stagnant. Our offense is horrific at times, while great at others. But down the stretch, and I don't have the math to back it up, it seems our offense can never make the 4-minute drive to seal the deal, or put the nail in the coffin with a big TD to go up by 3 scores to start the 4th quarter. We just don't have the knockout trait. I think a new offensive coordinator could come in and adjust the play-calling a bit without throwing the offense into a complete nose dive. We're too talented and experienced for that. Stafford is so much better than Flacco in so many it pains to think that guy has won a ring and Stafford likely may never. Same for Calvin. He's two classes above everyone that played in the Superbowl on offense last year.
And I just don't have much faith that this team will change course by keeping our current coaches in their same roles. This team has taken on this trait over the past 4 years and it's been embedded into their DNA. The only way I can see it changing is by making a somewhat drastic move.
I may be proven wrong but I just had to get it off my chest.