Football coaches are employed to predict the future. A coordinator must figure what a defense will do and put his guys elsewhere. If a career in football sounds fun, try knowing where safeties will align without having time to consult the Magic 8-Ball.
Of course, many jobs feature a need to know what’s coming. A Wendy’s manager must anticipate the chicken nugget rush. That career isn’t televised despite my emails to ESPN. But working in prominence doesn’t change having to be certain of what’s next.
Brian Daboll needs to do more than guess. Finishing 24th in yards per game puts him in the top 75 percent of the class, which won’t net a National Honor Society invitation.
This is a high-scoring league, at least for some clubs. As for the Bills, they had to be content with 19.6 points per game. If that doesn’t sound like a lot, it’s because the rate’s the same as Oakland’s.
I was all set to write a letter of recommendation for him to take Cleveland’s head coaching job. I totally thought he would’ve really enjoyed managing a toxic waste spill that was supposed to win this year’s Super Bowl. Getting fine performances out of underachievers might be a more fun challenge than limiting himself to an offense. It’s too bad he won’t be free to attempt that particular accomplishment.
They’ll never expect a throw into double coverage. Striving to outsmart can lead to dense choices. Daboll’s biggest foe is himself. He wins debates in his head while opposing coordinators note the flaws in his arguments on the field.
The Avengers can do more than write parking tickets. It rarely felt like Buffalo’s offensive pieces were deployed properly to take the board. Even worse, Daboll’s dated strategy reflected overreacting once he realized what everyone else noticed.
Sure, it’s easy to spot flaws when you’re not participating in an activity. But it’s part of the job to incorporate advice even if shouted from those paying to attend. For too often in 2019, the Bills switched from a classic Big 10 offense to the air raid just after foes figured out tendencies.
Incorrectly reading trends is a trend for this franchise. Daboll buys an iPod so he can finally listen to music without an 8-track player.
Sometimes, copying is for good reason. Everyone tries to rip off anything that works. Not all fads should be rejected like listening to Milli Vanilli because the rest of your junior high class thinks they’re the coolest. Football tendencies catch on as a matter of effectiveness, not poor taste.
A coordinator who believes he knows it all decides to not acquire a restaurant franchise because it’s always crowded and he figures people will stop going. Some seemingly clever strategies are self-defeating due to overthinking.
Take the underutilized Devin Singletary, who heard his workload was going to spike after leaving school. In reality, 261 attempts during his last year as a collegian dwarfed the mere 151 handoffs he received as a rookie. The sample size of 12 games is the same thanks to this season’s injury. Work hard in school and you’ll get a job that seems easy.
Very reasonable fans want perfection following every snap. What’s the crummy team’s excuse for not scoring on this play? We expect the football’s recipient to head exactly where nobody on the defense ever thought to cover.
Those upset about the lack of constant scoring react calmly by calling for loss of income. Starving families are a small price to pay for 12 wins. The casual way those following teams wish for firings shows just how ruthless professional sports are. Tweeters and radio callers want nothing more in the world than for someone to be unemployed. Well, it’s his fault for not speculating precisely enough.
The sense that Buffalo’s defense dragged that other aspect into the playoffs is the offseason’s primary theme, which isn’t great news if you’re in charge of the runner-up. As with coming in second place during games, there’s not much honor in a silver medal.
It’s tough to drag race in a Ford Tempo. The Bills ought to upgrade at some offensive positions, agrees everyone except the starters who’d be replaced. We all dream of a big wideout and bigger offensive tackle in Buffalo’s huddle. But waiting for perfect circumstances to achieve anything leads to achieving nothing.
Adding skill only makes the misuse of it more blatant. Be careful about begging for a promotion unless you can handle responsibility. There would be legitimate worries any new promising players would only join those whose abilities are already not being maximized.
Trust your employees can do more. A chef microwaving Hot Pockets will ponder why he bothered to learn the temperature at which water boils.
If Daboll is mad fans act like they know how to run an offense better than him, he should take note of how many throws constitutes too many. There’s plenty of film from last season if he needs examples.
Editor’s babble: Thanks to Anthony Bialy for his insight and giggles. You can find Anthony on Twitter @AnthonyBialy.