Except I wasn't talking about things we should have known before the season started - I was talking about what the season should have taught us but with the inaction - we apparently did not learn.
I disagree about the WR coach. Torrey has been here long enough, he is always praised for being a hard worker, studying, always trying to improve - still having issues with tracking & route running? - that is a coaching limitation. I just don't think it's a coincidence that none of our WRs are good at route running. What are the odds? That is a coaching limitation and a big issue.
Yeah I'm impatient with Caldwell and I don't see him being hired anywhere else. When we're in do or die (last Cincy game) down by 2 scores in the 4th quarter and we run on first for a loss and then do it again on 2nd down? That was the final straw for me with Caldwell. Not to mention the complete lack of any creativity all season long.
My impatience though is that we've been down this road before with Cam and to take the next step we had to fire him. We should know better by now.
The ZBS is crap and I say that because the evidence is before our very eyes. The run game was not broken before Castillo and his brilliant scheme. Afterwards, we finished last in the league and were historically bad. Not franchise history either but league history.
Not to mention, if you look at the stats in Philly they are not all that impressive.
You know that we didn't learn because of the moves we haven't made 10 days into the offseason? And secondly, it shouldn't be a significant surprise to anyone that the offense took a step back when you consider how much focus we put on defense last offseason, plus we traded our best receiver for cap reasons, plus we lost our other very reliable receiver to injury for 12 games.
I didn't hear as much about bad route running when we had Boldin, Mason and Housh. And if nothing else, Torrey has at least expanded on his route tree. He caught a lot more short passes this season, and early in the season was a beast after the catch.
It's not like the play calling was flawless this season. Early on, we used little crossing routes to Torrey for him to catch the ball and get YAC, which actually helped start a lot of our drives. Why we went away from that as the season went on, I have no idea. I also thought we threw way too many short passes all year, but maybe that had something to do with a lack of faith in the O lines ability to protect long enough for 10+ yard plays to develop. We also never figured out how to stop double A gap blitzes all season long, and we had way too many free runners take shots at Flacco, and we kept getting in third and long. These are are undeniable problems. But as far as a lack of creativity, we did see stacks/bunches/different route concepts this year, just like we did in the SB run, as well as off and on (at best) during Cam's tenure.
These are all correctable without being forced to overhaul the offensive staff because this was the same staff, minus Castillo, that was here when we fielded way better offenses in years prior. What does that scream? To me, personnel upgrades!! Torrey's not a legit number 1, and Jacoby's not a legit number 2. Marlon, maybe.
And again, I'm pretty sure we ran at least some ZBS when Cam was here. We definitely ran our share of zone stretch plays. I'm not going to break down why it's a good scheme because I'm not football smart enough to do so, but it can work.