Another note I wanted to add in the post-season back lash is football IQ. I'm a fan of the Trailblazers and they are notorious for having some of the worst basketball IQ's of the NBA. Loads of talent but not very smart on the court.
It seems to me (at least in the second half) is that many of our players have low football IQ. Chief among them are Vick, Scott, DeMo, Coleman, Shaffer, Weiner, McClure, Duckett, and a few others I could note. But because a player has lots of talent doesn't mean that he has a high IQ.
Could one of the reasons that Atlanta is so average is because many of the teams key players don't make smart decisions on the field? Clearly our defense has among the lowest tackling IQ's on the planet. But it would seem that our team is suffering from an apparent lack of football IQ.
I don't know how you fix a problem like this... Perhaps it is coaching and maybe it is something that can be fixed by hammering in the basics every practice. I remember many people (myself included) couldn't believe how bad so many players where at the fundamentals of football. They missed tackles, blew coverages, ran poor routes, made bad passes, wiffed on basic blocks, it is a problem to be sure.
Fear the BEARD!