You're missing the point. I'm not really arguing against you about Smith's decision. You're right, he should have pulled those guys, particularly after Martin's TD run. They were down 12 points at the start of the 4th quarter, and had Smitty had access to an iPad, he would have known "cute stats" said at that point we only had a 9% chance of winning the game. At that point they should have rotated in more of the young guys, pulling most of the key starters like Abraham, Babineaux, Weatherspoon, DeCoud, and Samuel. Franks, Mitchell, Massaquoi, Matthews, and Jerry should have gotten their reps. The same goes for the key guys on offense like Ryan, Clabo, Baker, Jones, and Roddy.
He did not, and that was a mistake made more so by the hindsight of Abraham going down. It was an unnecessary risk.
But I'm arguing against your overreaction. You, being particularly paranoid about injuries, IMO are overreacting to Smith's mistake. This is no more grievous a mistake than any of the questionable game management decisions he's made over the past 5 years. That is basically what this was, poor game management. No different than going for it on 4th down vs. the Saints last year, or any of the nitpicks/second guessing we've pointed out over the years.
My opinion of Smith is basically the same as my opinion of Ryan. He's not perfect, but he's pretty darn good, and you'll be hard-pressed to find someone better. And I'm not going to be like he should start packing his bags because every now and then he messes up.
pure nonsense. Im sorry Pudge, but you are wrong here.....http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkqgDoo_eZE
Look, I get it. Y'all think Im paranoid about injuries. But this should be more about the coach and less about the 'injuries'.
Did Flacco play 4 qtrs yesterday? Dp you think thier coach made a mistake?http://www.washingtonpost.com/sports/ba ... story.html
"With an AFC North title and a home playoff game next weekend already secured, the Ravens treated their regular season finale at Paul Brown Stadium like a glorified preseason game. The end result — a 23-17 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals in front of an announced 61,565 on a frigid afternoon in the Queen City — hardly mattered.
All that did appear to matter to the Ravens was staying healthy
— a feat they seemingly accomplished — and setting themselves up to be at their best when the fifth-seeded Indianapolis Colts come to M&T Bank Stadium next weekend for a first-round playoff game at the fourth-seeded Ravens.
“The goal was two-fold: to put ourselves in the best position possible going forward into the playoffs and to win the game,” said Ravens Coach John Harbaugh, who substituted his starters much more quickly and liberally than his counterpart, Bengals Coach Marvin Lewis. “We obviously didn’t win the game and we’re disappointed with that, but we feel like we’re in the best position we could have been going forward in the playoffs
. That’s really all that matters.”
“Yeah, it’s a loss, [but] this game is totally different than any of the other games,” Ravens cornerback Corey Graham said. “You don’t really look at it that way. This is more of a get healthy, get ready for the playoffs. Some losses mean more than others and this one here don’t mean a lot.”
get it? This is what a 'smart coach' does. And dont give me the 'two weeks' response. Either him or M Lewis would have done the same thing if they locked up HFA and had a 'bye' week. Because they 'get it'..
The way it is being 'splained to me is that we needed to keep our starters in and try to win the game or we would become suscepticle to 'rust'. Well, Great
Coaches dont let that happen. Good coaches do.
This was the game to get some other guys playing time. Did we accomplish that? No.
This was the game we needed all our starters in to prove we weren't 'sleepwalking'.
Did we accomplish that? No.The players quit on the coach
. That's not what GREAT
Now what should concern everybody is Mike Smith is showing he does not yet understand how this works. If this were 2008-09, I wouldn't care too much. But at this point in time, he should know better
. He should have at least a rudimentary understanding of 'risk/reward' and yesterday showed he is lacking. Get it? This coach doesn't understand, and that is a problem. http://aol.sportingnews.com/nfl/story/2 ... gless-game
Now cue the Greek Chorus " Fun Gus, I'm glad Mike Smith isn't as 'smart' as you...All he has done is come in and take a flaming dumpster fire and turn them into perennial playoff contenders".
But thats BS. All Mike Smith has shown me is a defined regression in every playoff game we have ever played in. I swear I will never understand this city and it's fans. Maybe y'all can be 'Braves Happy' about Mike Smith's successes. Not me. I want at the very least a playoff win
. Earn my $.
The man does not get it.
The margin of error in the playoff is razor thin
. You need every advantage you can get. Coach Smith does not understand this. That doesn't trouble you guys? We gambled not only our one marginally decent ( when he shows up) outside rusher: AND OUR ALREADY INJURED CORNERBACK. FOR WHAT
? So we can act 'tough'? To prevent 'rust'?
"And I'm not going to be like he should start packing his bags because every now and then he messes up."
Messing up is like the piss poor clock management yesterday. I ain't bitching about that
. That has no bearing on the playoffs
Losing your one outside rusher and gambling your already injured CB is not 'messing up'. It's criminally stupid. It is the definition of 'hubris': means extreme pride or arrogance. Hubris often indicates a loss of contact with reality
and an overestimation of one's own competence or capabilities, especially when the person exhibiting it is in a position of power.
Now maybe Smith gets the job done and we win on Jan 13th. In that case, Im going to come back here and tell you I was overreacting and Coach Smith knew that he would not really 'need' Abraham. But, if Im sitting there in the Dome and I witness another one and out: I'm am going to say 'Coach Smith needs to go.' And I am going to point to his questionable decisions. He gambled, he lost. Dont try and tell me different
I'll go one further. Barring a squeeker game or one that is decided on a bad call, if we get blown out again at home and lose a 'sleepwalker', then I think TD AND Smith need to hit the road
. I would then hope Blank opens the checkbook and promotes Nolan to HC, finds another GM with the emphasis on beefing up our lines, and begin to look down the road to Ryan's replacement in about 2-3 years.
Now thats what an owner who says '"Good is the Enemy of Great" does when discussing what has transpired these past four years.
Good is four winning seasons in a row. Good is awards and accolades. Good is three playoff appearances in four years. Great
is beating teams you should beat. Great
is three playoff wins in a row. Great
is hoisting that national symbol of the ultimate NFL season.
We want great
. Not ok. Not good. Not pretty good. Great.
The goal is not preseason wins, season wins, or accolades. It's rings
. Arthur Blank agrees. He wants this team, its fans, and its city to enjoy the fruits of a long, successful, Super Bowl-winning season. Back to back winning seasons? Been there, done that. Mr. Blank wants to give us the Lombardi, and if that means telling Smitty to hit the bricks: I gotcher back Artie.
How soon we forget last January, the Giant Fiasco(tm), and the subsequent presser. Were blinded by the regular season record. But lets not forget the goal here.
And if the coach does something so unbelievably dumb that put's that in peril: Im gonna call him out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Otm4RusESNU