I've seen so much criticism and ire directed towards Mike Mularkey and Brian Van Gorder this season, I feel that enough is enough. Someone needs to step up and defend these fine, fine men. And if it must be me, then I accept the challenge. Read on for the true story of why our Birds have struggled, and why our OC and DC are not to blame.
Regarding our offense, how can we possibly criticize Mularkey? We have a Quarterback who has only been able to produce at a high level when he's not following MM's playbook. It's not Mike's fault that Matt can't execute on 3rd and 22 consistently. It's become extremely obvious that Mike can no longer trust Matt to run his offense. On top of that, we drafted a small, shifty running back. When was the last time the NFL saw a small, fast, shifty running back have any kind of impact in the league?
Additionally, we go out and draft Julio Jones, who frankly, is just too fast and too tall. Everyone knows that the new model of receiver is Wes Welker - short and marginally fast. The JJ pick is so obviously a bust.
When you add all these things up, you can tell that MM is not to blame.
Where our defense is concerned, BVG takes a ton of heat, but the real problem here is our players. We brought Weatherspoon in because of his speed, and yet, he can't catch receivers from behind. That's a big problem. We also brought in Ray Edwards to make a difference, and yet, he has yet to register an interception! For that matter, neither have Abraham, Peters or Jerry.
On top of that, our defense has been tasked with the difficult task of stopping all star QBs like Tavaris Jackson and Mike Kafka - two future hall of famers if I ever saw one. There are just times when you can't stop guys like this: you can only hope to slow them down.
When you take these things into consideration, it's obvious that our defensive issue is solely on the shoulders of our players.
I hope all of you will join me in celebrating the brilliance of our coordinators, as they are doing the absolute best they can with our woefully inadequate roster of players.
Does anyone know if Joey Harrington is still available?