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Old 12-13-2004, 06:13 PM   #16
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Why do we have to keep going back to Spurrier anyway?? Haven't we beat this issue in to the ground already? Let it go man, Gibbs is our head coach and Spurrier is back to college ball.
Matty, we're going the same route as Spurrier right now. Tons of close games, same type of record, etc. It looks very similar but the outlook on this board seems completely different. I don't understand it. No one wants to admit any wrongdoing on Gibbs part, and I think that's unfair to the players. I think a lot of time they did execute, but how many yards do you expect to get on a hitch pass?
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Old 12-14-2004, 02:03 PM   #17
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Matty, we're going the same route as Spurrier right now. Tons of close games, same type of record, etc. It looks very similar but the outlook on this board seems completely different. I don't understand it. No one wants to admit any wrongdoing on Gibbs part, and I think that's unfair to the players. I think a lot of time they did execute, but how many yards do you expect to get on a hitch pass?
Man, let it go already! Steve Spurrier is not the Redskins' coach anymore!

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Old 12-14-2004, 04:13 PM   #18
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Matty, we're going the same route as Spurrier right now. Tons of close games, same type of record, etc. It looks very similar but the outlook on this board seems completely different. I don't understand it. No one wants to admit any wrongdoing on Gibbs part, and I think that's unfair to the players. I think a lot of time they did execute, but how many yards do you expect to get on a hitch pass?
I guess we'll just have to see if Gibbs' team regresses the second year the way Spurrier's did

Either way, I think Gibbs gets a litle more leeway than Spurrier because Gibbs has proven that his method works in the NFL, Spurrier never proved that

But I think Matty and skinsguy said it best....let it go. By the way, have you joined a Gamecocks forum yet?
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Old 12-14-2004, 04:30 PM   #19
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Matty, we're going the same route as Spurrier right now. Tons of close games, same type of record, etc. It looks very similar but the outlook on this board seems completely different. I don't understand it. No one wants to admit any wrongdoing on Gibbs part, and I think that's unfair to the players. I think a lot of time they did execute, but how many yards do you expect to get on a hitch pass?
I really don't know where you're coming from when you say nobody wants to criticize Gibbs, that's just not true at all. We've all agreed clock mgmt has been a problem and at times, the playcalling as well. I don't understand why you think Gibbs gets a free pass here, he clearly doesn't.

As for that other guy I'm not going to mention by name anymore, these are completely different circumstances. I see the team slowly improving this year and playing with a lot more determination and heart, while last year things spun wildly out of control as the season wore on.

Like SS said, let's see where the team stands in year 2. I highly doubt we'll see them regress unlike last year.
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Old 12-14-2004, 06:01 PM   #20
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Play calling or execution?

I am a huge Redskin fan, and I'm a Gibbs fan. My thought is although the end of the season record may look similar to the last couple of years, this team is so much better than it has been. The players have more heart than we've seen in a while. Spurrier had no control over the players...he didn't have their respect, and it showed. I think Gibbs showed what was what when he sat Sean Taylor after the DUI. I know I respected him for that. I know I have said it before, but I'll say it again...Joe Gibbs is just a man. There will be a learning curve. Give the man a little time to straighten out the mess that he was handed. If you really thought he would turn this team around in one year, well what were you smoking?
I think next season we improve, and maybe make the playoffs...for sure if the NFC East is as sorry as it is this year. I'm not gonna jump ship.
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:14 PM   #21
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To me, it's the lack of progress I'm seeing that's hurting. Playcalling and clock management can be sporadic at best. 8 Weeks with Brunell at the helm when everyone in the world wanted him out after four pathetic weeks. The abandonment of running game way too early. I hope he can change things up next year, and if not then the year after. Ideally I would like to see an offensive coordinator if things aren't better by the end of year three. If things stay about the same next year, maybe then.

Gibbs is the best leader we've had in DC for sometime. These guys would jump off a bridge for him, and I respect him for that because that's absolutely amazing.
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Old 12-14-2004, 07:42 PM   #22
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some ppl have been saying both and that's what i'll say. a gibbs team should not have penalties, after x amount of games with so many yds of penalties a lot of it goes back to the coach. i mean we've said it over and over that these were the things that would vanish under gibbs' reign. maybe there just isn't an instant fix to it i guess.

i think that the execution and the play-calling have to come together. if we're throwing hitches all the time then the execution may seem crappy even though they wanted to run the 2 yd. pass play. at the same time, i'd expect even when trying to throw it downfield, if you see TE (not even a jumper like gardner) double-covered, then u need to use some sense and maybe check down. execution.

these things though will go away guys trust me. no one does well right off the bat. andy reid, mcnabb, vermiel, etc, etc. these guys all took time to get into the scheme of things. it will be ok!

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Old 12-15-2004, 02:04 AM   #23
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You know the bucs won a superbowl from the short pass/strong D and play action so it does work if your players can execute.

An interesteing stat is that we are the 4th most penailised team in the NFL and we are well on course to have more than 1000 penalty yards for a forth time in recent seasons and that NO Gibbs team has had more than 1000 penalty yards.

Next year will tell I am not sure we will have changes as Gibbs gets more of his uys in andsome of the worst offenders are removed but I do not think we will see wholesale changes.
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Old 12-15-2004, 07:33 AM   #24
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The penelties may have a little something to do with the system? Don't you think it's slightly to blame? Those penelties are a bit deceiving with 47 coming from one bullshit play. I feel a lot of the penelties were stupid. Sellars made special teams plays. We were in Eagles territory twice with 4th and short. Both of which we punted on, both of which the Eagles were back to that spot within 3 plays. We have a strong defense. If you're on their 35/40, go for it!

Gibbs called that play, and Gibbs called a lot of other plays where the play was simply doomed. A QB threw three bad balls. Wow. I'll take that any day. You guys act like we should do everything perfectly and the defense we go against shouldn't play well. Hate to tell you, but they have to not execute in order for it to work, that hinges on playcalling to catch them going the wrong way.
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Hate to tell you, but they have to not execute in order for it to work, that hinges on playcalling to catch them going the wrong way.
How does a play work if you don't execute it?

I kinda see what you're saying, but doesn't every play ultimately come down to it being executed properly to be successful? What's the use of a great call if the QB throws an incompletion or fumbles the snap? Or what if there's a false start that pushes the team in to 3rd and long and they have to go with another play?

When Lombardi coached the Packers they had a very limited playbook, but the plays they ran they ran to perfection. Gibbs takes a page out of Lombardi in that sense. Gibbs' playbook isn't overly complicated, but it depends on execution. So often back in the 80's you'd hear people say they knew exactly what the Redskins were running, but they just couldn't stop it.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:17 PM   #26
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I meant the defense has to not-execute properly. Many of the plays are passive and not built for any sort of real gain! I would love to see us play like we did against the Giants. Absolutely great playcalling. We had their defensive coordinator guessing what we were doing. He didn't know if we were running and passing. I like to see that! QBs can't go 100% Peyton Manning is in the 60s for completion percentage, and that's pretty damn good. You plan on telling the Colts that they aren't converting because 30 some % of the throws become nothing? I don't think so. Mistakes happen in football, we had very few dropped balls last game, and we did have penelties. That's not really "execution" in my book. I see execution having to do with plays, Mike Sellers made idiot plays. I remember hearing earlier that he's a real Gibbs guy. Apparently he's on the first Gibbs pink ticket outta town come the end of the season!

Lombardi also coached when the game was different. Slower. I bet Lombardi's system would get absolutely deystroyed by the defenses you see today.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:26 PM   #27
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It seems like Gibbs' playcalling revolves around the QB not taking too many chances downfield (directly propotional to TOs and QB confidence), handing off to the RB to maximize TOP, and using shorter passes to put the ball in the playmakers' hands (Coles, Gardner, Cooley, Portis, etc) in the open field. Not a bad strategy (very conservative and safe), but we're being killed by penalties, bad calls, poor execution, and up until a few weeks ago, dropped passes. The approach with Ramsey may turn out to be an excellent decision. He may not post huge numbers this year, but this year may be the type of learning experience and confidence builder that he needs at this point in his career so that he may fluorish (and yes, allowed to take longer shots down the field) later on down the road in the current offense.
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Old 12-15-2004, 05:56 PM   #28
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When we've gone down field I've seen plenty of confidence in Ramsey. We need to tell him, you know what, you'll make mistakes, but that's why we have that defense right there to back you up. Go out there, play ball, and learn. Guide him, don't shelter him. It's become painfully obvious that our current strategy isn't working very well against decent teams.

I think Dallas and MN will be good tests to see what Ramsey, and the system can do against balanced teams. I know MN doesn't have a great defense, but they can rush the passer and their offense can keep ours off the field which means we must capitilize.
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Old 12-16-2004, 12:51 AM   #29
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It seems like Gibbs' playcalling revolves around the QB not taking too many chances downfield (directly propotional to TOs and QB confidence), handing off to the RB to maximize TOP, and using shorter passes to put the ball in the playmakers' hands (Coles, Gardner, Cooley, Portis, etc) in the open field. Not a bad strategy (very conservative and safe), but we're being killed by penalties, bad calls, poor execution, and up until a few weeks ago, dropped passes. The approach with Ramsey may turn out to be an excellent decision. He may not post huge numbers this year, but this year may be the type of learning experience and confidence builder that he needs at this point in his career so that he may fluorish (and yes, allowed to take longer shots down the field) later on down the road in the current offense.
Gibbs' playcalling IS going to be a little more conservative when a new Quarterback is brought into the system. I believe his thinking was by bringing in a veteran QB, he could pick up the system faster than a QB that hasn't even started a full season yet. Also, with the vet, Gibbs probably figured that his system would develop faster and he would be able to stretch the field more than what we were able to do. Unfortunately, Brunell failed miserably and Patrick Ramsey was probably still rattled by losing his starting job at the beginning of the season. Some will say Ramsey should have started all long, some will say not, but hindsight is 20/20 and nobody will ever really truthfully know whether if starting Ramsey earlier would have brought us more wins...heck we could have had a worse record! In Gibbs first tenure, he wasn't exactly super conservative...because we had the Posse for the QBs to throw to..plus we had a monster of an offensive line which helped in run blocking and pass protection....and giving our running backs huge holes to run through.

I do believe that this system will be one that can really mold Ramsey into a great QB. If this system had already been in place for a few years, Ramsey would probably be further along. Why? Because more than not, a system that has already been put in place has the kinks ironed out and its easier to concentrate on building up a QB than having to build up the system from ground up...which is what Gibbs has had to do. GIBBS HAS MADE SOME MISTAKES during this rebuilding phase...as what MOST new coaches normally have. I DO WANT TO MAKE THAT CLEAR! I won't blame those mistakes on Gibbs' lack of knowledge or lack of preperation......I seriously doubt Gibbs lacks either...and I'm never going to give into the cop out that the game has passed him by; nor will I blame playcalling for everything that was wrong this year....
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