Originally Posted by Bleu Star
I see what you guys are painting but the bottom line to me is that Garrett is stretched too thin. No doubt the Oline needs a major upgrade.. That is not to be disputed. While Oline upgrades are an absolute necessity, there is no direct correlation between that and the sitational mistakes that he continues to make. I just simply believe he is stretched waay too thin. No one will convince me otherwise and I am not in the business of trying to convince anyone that sees things completely differently. I haven't seen very many super bowl winning HC/play callers over the last several years. Most of them have been walkaround leaders that thrived with coordinators in place on both sides of the ball. We need an OC up in the booth to strategize and see the necessary adjustments that need to be made on the fly. I'll be happy when the news breaks.
I don't dispute that Garrett has been stretched to thin in the past. In my opinion he has. But I don't say that because I think it's too much for a person - and Garrett - to be a head coach and a play caller. Many other coaches have done it successfully in the NFL, and Garrett is just as capable.
In Garret's case I think he has been stretched too thin in the sense that it has been so difficult on him specifically to be a play caller given these 3 circumstances (1) his bad OL takes so much of the playbook away from him as plays that should otherwise work given a certain situation are doomed to fail and so he has to get overly-creative to adjust them or come up with others, (2) the defense has crated so few turnovers for him that he goes into every game anticipating he'll have less possessions on offense than he normally should, (3) and finally, the special teams return game has simply given him horrible starting positions on average fo those few possessions he does have.
It's not just Garrett, any play caller would have more than their hands full if hampered by these 3 things, forcing them to have to over-improvise and adjust - TO OVECOME OTHERS' SHORTFALLS - as a play caller. Add head coaching duties on top of that to Garret's plate and yes, He has gotten stretched too thin.
But the solution then is not necessarily to take away play calling duties from him; the solution is to correct these 3 shortcomings and turn them into strengths.
If you pay attention to what has happened of late, Garrett hired a new DC, and a new special teams coach is on the way. Overcoming shortcomings #2 and #3 are beginning to be addressed. We don't need a new OL coach because Callahan is not the cause of shortfalls in #1. What's needed there are players (and some to help #2 and #3 also). And that will come in time as the draft and free agency are still on the horizon.
Now, suppose shortcomings #1, #2 and #3 get corrected going into 2013 - In that case, Garret's job as game day play caller has just gotten a whole heck of a lot easier - and more typical under reasonable circumstancea. And in that case, I don't think Garrett will be stretched too thin any longer because he'll be able to call his offense just exactly as it is intended to be called, with the confidence that the players can at least halfway-decently execute the plays that should work when they are called.