I don't have any stats or anything to back this up right now but it would seem that ever since Wade Phillips made the change to take over at Defensive Coordinator that the offense just hasn't been the same since. We still move the ball well but just haven't seemed to be able to put it in the end zone consistently. That was our problem last year and has been a problem this year as well.
I have been wondering if there was a noticeable dropoff in the offensive stats from when Wade fired his DC and took over. Maybe OCC might have some interesting stats to back that up or prove me wrong or whatever. Just a small observation that I have made from a distance. However, the defense has improved and has been (until recently) one of the best defenses in the league.
I know many out there are screaming for a new head coach and to just get rid of Phillips, but really the best answer might be to let him stay at DC and get a new Head Coach and maybe an Assistant Coach. I think there are just too few people wearing too many hats as you might say. Wade is the Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator and Jason Garret is the Assistant Head Coach/Offensive Coordinator. Look back in 2007 when we were a dominant team and went 13-3. Wade was Head Coach, Brian Stewart was the Defensive Coordinator, Jason Garret was the Offensive Coordinator, Tony Sparano was the Assistant Head Coach and Bruce Read was the Special Teams Coordinator. We shortly went from 5 people wearing 5 hats to 3 people wearing those 5 hats. I am wondering if it is just too much for them to handle.
Wade can't look as much at the offense because he has to pay attention to defensive responsibilities and what to fix from the last drive, so Jason Garret is calling the shots all on his own. A head coach needs to be able to pay attention to what decisions are being made on the field at all times, or at least that is what I think. Football is a team sport, and that means that your team on the sidelines is just about as important as the team you put on the field. It will be interesting to see what happens in the off-season with the staff.
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