What I saw from the TV set were below average receivers and tight ends unable to get open, below average offensive linemen getting beat by their defensive counterparts, and a young QB struggling with consistency in multiple areas. Maybe it was coaching; maybe it was talent; probably was a little bit of both.
No issues with the playcalling?
I don't see how anyone could have watched this team and not seen coaching issues across the board. The penalties on the offensive line early in the season, the guys not knowing assignments, receivers running into each other, terrible route configurations and don't even get me started on special teams....All of that stuff is coaching. If other teams did that shit against the Pats over the last 20 years, this entire board would laugh and say "Thank God for Bill and his coaching staff..." Now when we do it, we're going to give Bill the benefit of the doubt, or even more strange, give the benefit of the doubt to guys like Patricia and Judge who are in positions that most of us knew would be a disaster the day they were announced? I don't get it.
And this idea that Bill had no other options in the off season is insane. There are dozens of coaches around the league and in college who would give their left nut to coach in the Patriots organization. It's Bill fucking Belichick. If you're a young computer programmer and Bill Gates gives you a ring and offers you a job/mentorship, are you hanging up on him?
Shane Steichen spent years with the Chargers, mostly as QB coach, and then he was OC on the Anthony Lynn helmed team and was let go. He was hired by Philly in 2021, and in 2022, Philly has the best offense in football.
In the offseason last year, Pederson hired Press Taylor, who was previously with Frank Reich in Indy as Asst. OC. Of course, Press Taylor and Pederson had history from their time in Philly together, so there was a fit there.
Bill probably could have figured out a way to keep Mick Lombardi from leaving to take the OC job under Josh in Las Vegas, maybe not.
Frank Smith was an assistant O Line coach with the Saints for 5 years, then was tight end coach with the Bears/Raiders for 6 years, did one year with the Chargers as OLine coach, and then McDaniel brought him to Miami this year as OC.
Mike Lafleur bounced around a few teams before Saleh hired him to be the OC last year when Saleh took the Jets job. His first OC job.
Tomlin went and found Matt Canada in the college ranks, hired him as QB coach in 2020, then gave him the reigns in 2021 as OC.
Dave Ragone was hired as OC for the Falcons, first OC job, in 2021, after spending 5 seasons on the offensive side of the ball in Chicago.
Luke Getsy spent 7 years on the offensive side of the ball in Green Bay, with a 1 year hiatus to Mississippi State, and then became a rookie OC this year for the Bears.
Ben Johnson spent 10 years in the NFL on offense with the Dolphins and Lions. When Bevell got fired and Campbell got hired, Campbell kept him on as TE coach, then made him OC this season.
Wes Phillips (Wade's son) has been in the NFL for over 14 years (plus 4 in college) all on the offensive side of the ball, never an OC. When O'Connor took the job in Minnesota, he brought Phillips with him and named him OC.
Mike Kafka spent 5 years with the Chiefs offensive coaching staff, never OC, and Daboll went and snagged him to be the OC this season for the Giants.
Shane Waldron who spent time with the Pats in 2008 and 2009, was never an OC, bounced from College back to the pros, was grabbed by Pete Carroll to be the OC in Seattle at the beginning of last year, after spending 4 seasons with McVay and the Rams on his staff.
Now, I'm not saying all of these guys are good hires, or even good coaches, I'm just pointing out that there is a TON of guys, and movement around the NFL for coordinators. The idea that BB only had a couple options to pick from and ended up with Patricia and Judge is just inane. This doesn't even get into the college ranks. He had options, he still has options, what he decides to do is anyone's guess, but he certainly has to own the decision either way. And I'm fully on record here and everywhere else that BB can coach the Pats for as long as he wants, with or without success, as far as I'm concerned.