Stankweasels 3000 wrote:
DeAngelo Hall was notorious for questioning every move, getting in the coaches' faces after he blew the Carolina game, mouthing off to the press about Petrino all season long.
How could you blame him?
Obviously Petrino is a spineless idiot. But since you watched 1 Falcons game this season I guess you are the expert.
I can absolutely blame him. Was Petrino a great coach? We'll never really know, because the team basically shot him in the foot then told him to go run a marathon.
It's like trying to assess Beck after the MNF swamp-game. Just impossible to see what he's really like beyond all the muck.
But, the team took a huge hit and needed to rally together to have any hope. For that to happen, the vets needed to back up the coach and keep the team together.
A splintered team isn't ever going to win in the NFL. (see: PHI Eagles, re: TO and McNabb) It's too important for the team to work together, to gain momentum off each other, to be a unit. If you constantly undermine a coach, whether he's good or bad, the season's going to go south quickly. No coach, no matter who he is, can coach in those conditions, and (1) he was way over his head anyway (the NFL is not college; college he could sweep things under the rug at least, and keep players on his side by bailing them out of bad situations), and (2) at some point the players had to take some initiative and say, hey, our best chance is to buy into what's happening here and do out best.
I didn't see them do that, instead, I saw them collapse into a team of arrogant loud mouths who pigeon-holed their own season.