AJ has a point when we're 1-3. What about the previous four games? I have to agree with Fun Gus on the excuse making. It feels like you guys have an answer for everything, and each answer is contextual. The issue isn't specifically the Jets game, even though the Jets game is bold in the OP. The issue is that Roddy shouldn't have been playing for several weeks.
When an armchair coach/gm like Fun Gus comes in here and makes a statement like, "we need to sit Roddy White for the Jets game. Hoping he doesn't really injure himself this sunday," and then we play the guy and he gets hurt....... Fun Gus must be psychic! No, he's just using his brain a little bit, something that our coaching staff and GM doesn't seem to do with much regularity.
Roddy has been playing hurt all year. We have not needed him on the field for the duration of his injury. The coaching staff had plenty of opportunity to see how he was performing in practice. (couldn't make moves/cut, couldn't run full speed) Yet they trotted him out there for each of our games.
Look, I get the concept of playing through injuries... I understand how you guys can defend the staff for letting it happen in this case... However, in fore and hind sight, it seems like resting Roddy more would be/would have been a smart move.
This whole topic brings up another issue that I have with this staff... They don't seem to play anyone unless they are, "their guy." It's like you have to have a serious injury in order to give anyone else on this team an opportunity to play. If the argument is, "they see them at practice all week and know that they suck." Well, get with the GM and cut their butts and bring in someone that they trust to be on the field on Sunday.
I don't think anyone has denied the fact that playing Roddy was a mistake. I think we're all in agreement there. I think the line in the sand has been drawn as to whether how much loathing
you put on Mike Smith for making that mistake.
Fun gus has [earned] a reputation as being "hyper-aware" about injuries. And I think he had a much more visceral
reaction to this than most. I think most people generally take injuries in stride. I know I'm one of those people. I know certain times these things could be avoided, but when they aren't, it doesn't bother me. I'm of the belief that if you're a good team, that most of the issues with injuries can be mitigated. This is something I learned way back in 1999 when Jamal Anderson got hurt. Their 1999 season went into the tank because they didn't have viable depth behind one of their best players. I remember being on the Roost back in those days, and the majority of the fans were killing Reeves, and it quickly soured people on Reeves the GM. And now we're almost 15 years later, and it seems like TD is making the same mistakes, when you look at our depth at QB, WR, LB, and S, where we have critical playmakers.
If you call me making an endless litany of excuses for Mike Smith, sure I'll cop to that. I'm a pro-Mike Smith guy. And if you "anti-Smitty" folks are desperately looking for that straw that broke the camels back to get me off that bandwagon, then this is not going to be it. You guys know that I have a love/hate relationship with Roddy, and to be frank I don't really give a s*** that Roddy is hurt. If you had put Julio in this scenario, then I'd be more concerned and more upset. I do give a s*** that Harry Douglas, Kevin Cone and Drew Davis are now tasked with "saving" the Falcons season, but I don't really care that Roddy is injured. Look, I was discouraged when Abe got injured, but it didn't cause me to lose any sleep. But losing him didn't really hurt the Falcons as much as fun gus made it out to be. Losing Turner in 2009 didn't make a ton of difference then either. Because we had Snelling.
Look the 49ers lost Michael Crabtree and Aldon Smith for the year, arguably their best offensive and defensive player. And have they really missed a stride? Besides a home loss to the Colts, the answer is no. Why? Because they have other playmakers like Ahmad Brooks, and talented backups like Corey Lemonier to step up. And while they don't have the WRs to spell Crabtree, they have built an offense that is balanced and doesn't need Crabtree.
You have people like yourself RobertAP, and now fun gus appears to be leaning that way, trying to "build the case" to fire Mike Smith. And if this is Exhibit G in your case, then I say your case is BS. If this is bad coaching, then fine. But as I've shown, this type of bad coaching is rampant around the league. And thus if you're firing coaches over this, then 50-75% of the coaches in the NFL need to be fired. If you're saying that Smitty's gameday decision is bad coaching...then OK. But again, questionable gameday management is rampant around the league.
But if you're trying to get me to side with you on the "Let's Get Rid of Mike Smith" Bandwagon, then I'm sorry but you need to come correct with better fodder than this. But just like Matt Ryan, I like Mike Smith. He has his limitations, but I believe with the right pieces around him, he can win with those pieces.
But we have a fan base that believe at their core this team has underachieved because of Mike Smith. And I see it as the polar opposite. And it's going to take a lot more than endangered a star WR and not calling a TO when he should have in the 4th quarter to make me change that opinion.