Okay, it's just preseason but c'mon this team has to learn to run the in some cases obvious adjustments that need to be made when something is not working. With all the criticism of Christian Ponder, Matt Kalil and the rest of the O-line, I have a little trouble fathoming how Musgrave does not get called out on his refusal to make in-game adjustments when clearly things are not working.
A lot of his terrible playcalling was overlooked last year because the players pulled out a couple of unlikely wins in spite of the playcalling, with ZERO in game adjustments. So, when winning the things that are going bad don't seam quite that bad when your team wins, but time is the biggest snitch of all and when it comes down to it; players can't do it alone or in spite of, especially considering this is a very young team with much to learn and I for one do have the opinion that Musgrave is handicapping this team. And I know some people will say, 'well they don't want to reveal too much in the preseason.' Well, first you gotta get it right, and I have not seen Musgrave put it together his entire time in the great land of Minnesota, and Frazier and Spielman are also accountable for not putting him in his place, or flat out firing him. The reigning Super Bowl Champions fired their OC midseason and were a better team for it; so we know it can be done where it doesn't set the team back and actually improves the team not just for the long term, but immediately.
As I said before, I think the O-line can and will clean it up and Ponder has proven to be at least a game manager. I do think, and it's just my opinion but, he will be much improved this season. When I saw the heavy, repeated blitzing packages by the Bills play after play, without any attempt to make them pay with quick passes to receivers that we have that are dangerous players in getting yards after the catch, especially with less defenders available to defend them, I can only shake my head. Why was Ponder not running plays to have countered this last night? Short answer; Musgrave didn't call those plays and wouldn't be surprised a bit if virtually no time was spent in practice working on scenarios just like this. As I can't tell you how many times this happened last year and it lead to punt after punt and turnovers, with no adjustments at all like everything was going just fine, ad then Peterson would will himself and the team forward with astonishing runs in spite of terrible play calls, and on top of that, then I would hear, 'well musgrave calls the run plays too.' Are you f*cking kidding me? The best thing coordinators can do when they coach great players like AP is get the hell out of their way and try not to screw up too bad to where their talent is hindered. Musgrave sure as hell wasn't Peterson's coach all the other years and one could even say,'yea he was the OC that called the play that almost ended his career.' Now that would be almost outlandish as giving him credit for Peterson's 2,000+ yard season last year. Maybe with another OC, he would have gotten much more yards and broke the record. Idk, but would lean toward agreeing with that last 'what if.'
What I am sure of; is that I have seen any of the improvement I has hoping to see from Musgrave, and I know it is the preseason, but this is what it is used for. Yeah, maybe you won't show certain trick plays or maybe other things, but there still must be continuity between the offensive coordinator and the quarter back and is offense, while also giving him the freedom to audible out of plays called that do not look feasible if it appears to the QB the opposing defense is all over it. These preseason games are confidence builders you just can't get in practice, and there is a lot of talent all over this team; so much, we are bound to lose at least a couple talented players when it comes down to the final cut down of the roster to 53.
So, can Musgrave improve? History will tell us no, you are what you are especially this late in the game. I cannot think of a single coach that has been coaching as long as Musgrave has, with bad performance after bad performance, while teams get better once he is re-leaved of his job and has never seen any success what so ever in the NFL, to ever suddenly turn it around and become one of the greats, or even just average. Now, I do hope, but I also hope to win the powerball. Is there a contingency plan already in place if the playcalling doesn't get better? And unfortunately it is more likely Musgrave does worse, as teams study what he does down to every little detail and with him refusing to change up what doesn't work; teams will eat Ponder alive. Ponder and this offense need an OC that plays to their strengths(ironically what Musgrave was touted to be his specialty). One that makes defenses pay for overloading the box and sending countless blitz packages, and certainly our defense would do the same thing if the opposing offenses did absolutely nothing to counter it, though we have never been that lucky except for in our own practices. So, if Musgrave continues to waiver, do Spielman and Frazier actually have a guy to step up into the OC position? One would think it would likely be our QB coach, because some of the actual play designs are really good(not all of them though), but the timing of when they are called and the lack of adjustments when something isn't working is not acceptable. We have Patterson, Wright, Jennings, Rudolph, Webb and Simpson; most of whom are very dangerous with that ball in their hands in space. It is unforgivable for a coordinator not to even attempt to make defenses pay for loading the box and sending overloaded blitzes with quick, short passes, which is one of the things Ponder is actually very good at most of the time.