First let me just say that I can't stand MM. He's more infuriating - on a weekly basis - than expired hot pockets. And everyone hates expired hot pockets.
Even so, I'd appreciate your indulgence. Just for a moment. Because tonight I have a very simple question: What's so wrong with Mularkey?
Our offensive DVOA ranked 10th, 14th, and 10th 2008-2010. Not spectacular, but consider the circumstances. New coach. New franchise QB. Young defense. All those transition-related shenanigans. Plus we've managed three straight winning seasons.
I know what you're thinking. I'd imagine you're screaming "But he runs Michael Turner up the gut ad nauseum!" or something to that effect right now. And admittedly he does. To be fair though, the notion that his game plans are hashed out in solitude (over a steamy pumpkin spice latte) is a little absurd. Smitty plays a role. TD plays a role. Mularkey is not riding solo, nor should he.
Moreover, you can't scheme your way out of the grand canyon. If you could, then personnel would never matter. Any team could go out, hire a gifted OC, and instantly profit like an Apple Store on Christmas Eve.
Again, these aren't necessarily my viewpoints, but I feel like these are considerations we must confront. Sure, we could fire MM if this season never goes anywhere. But that means yet another transition. For that reason, I sincerely hope TD and company weigh the cost and benefits before going in a different direction. I'm - of course - confident they will.
Discuss! Tear my devil's advocation to pieces! Gizflam!