Boswell - Skins get C+/D- for offseason Apr 12, 2018 6:28:13 GMT -5
Post by skinsfanvmi79 on Apr 12, 2018 6:28:13 GMT -5
Remember this: the extra-ordinary level of Injuries was the excuse why Gruden couldn't coach a playoff calibre roster Bruce put together to the playoffs in 2017. Plus, and this is the extra-ordinary good bit, actually the real reason why that playoff calibre roster didn't make the playoffs, notwithstanding all the Injuries, was because Kirk wasn't a good enough QB to elevate the team. Their own words. Both of them.
Now I have no intention of debating or redebating the merits or otherwise of those excuses or comments. The real issue here is that by making those statements they have in effect loaded the gun and pointed it at their own heads for 2018. Because if the QB of their choice in Smith (one of the winningest QBs in the last 5 yrs) can't lead this team in 2018 (assuming for a moment we don't have the same extra-ordinary level of Injuries again) to the playoffs, then what possible excuse is there for either of them to remain GM and HC?
If Smith is ordinary it's on both Gruden and Allen. If the rest of the team is ordinary, it's on Gruden and Allen, but if Smith can't elevate this team when healthy to a better record than what Kirk did when ravaged by injury and with no line in front of him, then what conclusion is there left to make? Smith can't elevate a team or the team is crap, or the HC couldn't coach the team to the playoffs, or all of the above?
If we miss out on the playoffs, by their own standards of evaluating their own QB, they should both be fired without hesitation. IMO 2018 should be a make or break year for both Gruden and BA.
Should be but won't--2018 is shaping up as another mediocre effort --only finding several starters who are also impact players in this years draft will change that forecast (IMO)---and mediocre seems enough with Dan to maintain the status quo--and we have to remember if Dan fires both Allen and Gruden he better have a good plan in place to at least install a talented and competent GM--is that Shaffer--maybe---with a mediocre season in 2018 probably the best we can hope for is Allen gets reassigned,Gruden gets canned and Shaffer is installed as a true GM--but in all likelihood all that will happen is that Bruce will make Gruden his scapegoat and the futility of Allen's failed leadership continues