Well here we are just 2 weeks removed from my last post here and several things have changed and other have stayed the same.
Let's jump right in:
#1 - Dmac is as good as gone. If you love the guy then I don't know what to tell you, he cannot stay healthy for 16 games, his field vision is some of the worst I've ever seen and he's been routinely outperformed by just about every other RB on our roster the last 2 years. He's done nothing to sway me this season and we need to let him go. Jennings is no beast but he's done a much better job this season and yesterday. I expect us to draft a RB next draft.
#2 - The OL, well the band aid approach was bound to start fraying and inconsistent lineups at this spot will yield inconsistent results. Right now it's obvious it's back to the drawing board because we added 2 new guys to the OL in the last 3 weeks and soon Veldheer will mix it up again. The OL Unit has to be well timed machine that reacts as one person and with all the changes, it's fumbling its way to being comfortable with itself. Barnes has morphed back into a FS machine, Nix needs to be replaced. Menelik is learning RT after learning LT in his limited off season. It's hard to expect anything but 2 steps forward and 1 step back as this point. It's no one's fault as injuries happen and this season every team has lost guys. The key is depth that can step in, we had that for a few weeks, but once they got hurt it all started falling apart. KC is when it became a problem.
#3 - Pryor. Yes he's regressed. Badly. But he's been getting even less time to throw and when he does take the time to read each progression it usually results in him being forced to run to make a play or a sack. He hasn't been the same since KC (sense a theme here?) and it's obvious to me. He lost his confidence in that game and since then he's either made the decision or was told by the staff to run first. We didn't see that circular ballet move until the KC game and unfortunately we've seen it every week since. He suddenly started holding the ball too long and trying to make a play when one isn't there. I'm more inclined to believe he's been instructed to do so as it's been consistent and I haven't seen one coach berating him on the sideline. I honestly still believe he's a better passer than he's shown since KC but the previous problems mentioned (No OL, Okay WR's, No real TE, nor run game until Jennings took over and questionable play calling) have made him regress. This has compounded his desire to make something out of nothing when there's just not something there and worse, second guessing himself when something is. How many times did I see him want to let it rip but he pulled it back down? At least 3 that I can recall off the top of my head. That's a sign he's not getting encouragement to make his own decisions IMO. And before we dog pile on the kid, let's remember how much worse Flynn looked in a very winnable game against WAS. I'm willing to give him the rest of this now lost season to figure it out as it is his first year starting after all. But I won't surprised to see us draft another QB to push him or surpass him.
#4 - The Coaching staff - DA has officially lost me, Olson started strong but lately his play calling doesn't play to our players' strengths (Reece anyone??) and I think they both got too concerned with how KC went down and purposely took the fire out of Pryor's play. Tarver & April have futures and Sparano has worked wonders with nothing most weeks but we've seen little to no offensive adjustments every week and that decision rests solely on the HC's shoulders. This week's game was a make or break one for this season (There are no more Pyrrhic victories to be had) and he failed. I don't care if it was tight game. We needed to win this game decisively and we didn't do that. The rest of the season will be just like last season IMO. One win or two of little importance but no progression from last season and that to me smacks of not having "it". I think it's time to cut the cord on DA and find someone with real experience (And no, Gruden is not that guy. I'm thinking more like Cowher.)
#5 - I initially said 2014 would be our big step year but after what I've seen this season, it's looking like 2015 will be that year as we simply have too many holes on our roster still. I still have faith that this thing will get turned around but after yesterday, I'm not sure if DA is the guy to do that.