Abraham was a shell of himself and looked like he had arrived at the end of his career.
If anything you can point the finger at coaching for not controlling the players and their odd rash of stupid penalties in the post season. But even then Atlanta during the regular season was the least penalized team in the league.
But see, my point was, without that 'miracle' .31 second come from behind win from last week, this week instead of convincing ourselves that we had a chance, we are discussing Mike Smith's decision to keep Abe in late in a meaningless game and it's results. The guy was already a little dinged up and aging, for chrissakes you dont keep that guy in that stupid meaningless BUcs game. We knew we were going to be facing a mobile QB ( Rg3,Wilson or Clapperdick). Its sad that Abe is all we had in terms of a passrusher, but I cant put that on Smitty. That's on TD.One of the primary reasons for our loss was the lack of an edge rushing DB. We lost that when he went down , and I cant blame Abraham. Players are always going to 'want to play'. It is the job of the coach
to judiciously decide when to keep guys in or pull them.
Lets not forget some thing here: what happens if by keeping Jones in late in that meaningless game HE sustains an injury? Jones was dinged up, too. Or, Roddy? Without those pieces we definitely lose to Wilson.. Im saying it was only one miracle play last week that saved this mans job. Period.
Because here's what we would have been discussing this week. Roddy saying the players got complacent. Jones saying they got 'bored'.0-5 in the playoffs. Twice defeated AT HOME in the playoffs..Blank's new stadium: is it worth it now? He would have been fired, and rightly so.
But see: one miracle play and ALL that is overlooked.
Our offense had almost 500 yards of offense against the best defenses in the NFL - and we lost.
And I'm saying a healthy motivated Abraham helps us, and Mike Smith did not learn from his mistakes. He should have known his players better. They quit on him in the Tampa game
. I know the defense of Mike Smith is if he had rested the starters and we came out flat due to a loss of 'momentum' and lost to the Seachickens, then he gets blamed. It's a 'lose-lose'. My point, one made waaay before that situation occured, is that if this coach has to rely on gambling starters to keep them 'focused', when these same players readily admitted they weren't, then we had BIGGER
But since we had the Seahawks Miracle(tm) we forget about things like the Giant Fiasco(tm).
What will the excuse be next year? This year it was 'the problem' was our coordinators. Not so anymore. I cant blame Ryan, he didn't quit. It's on Mike Smith.
Since we won a playoff game, I consider that progress. BUt had we lost in the first round, I would have started this thread last monday.
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy."