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It seems like we are stuck with Ireland, so I guess he'll get a chance to prove himself once and for all. But when people say he has done well to improve the team, I'd counter with A. He's had 5 years and the last 4 of those years he'll finish with a non winning record and B. He really hasn't drafted that well, especially at skill positions . . . he didn't give the QB position the right attention until his 5th year when the whole staff overturned but him . . . and the coach he brought in, brought in an OC with the same system that the drafted QB worked in. Honestly saved his job but give credit where credit is due I guess, it took 30 years to draft a QB in the first round and Ireland pulled the trigger. Let's hope he doesn't blow a wad of cash and draft picks next year.
Ryan Tannehill certainly hasn't gotten better with every game, he started well, hit a rookie wall and he seems to have finally climbed over that wall which is a GREAT thing. Would love for him to finish the season strong and I expect a strong performance against the Bills at Sunlife this Sunday. I do love having a horse in the "which young QB will turn into a franchise QB" race.
Joe Philbin, I mean I dunno, he seems like a good coach, I like a coach that takes a chance, and he definitely has done that several times this year but some of his in game decisions have been questionable. Like any other coach, if the team is winning he'll be considered a success, if they lose, he'll be considered a failure.
Kevin Coyle has been good, but 12 turnovers in 14 games is unacceptable. Of course turnovers involve some luck as well and we haven't been very fortunate to recover only 5 of 16 or so forced fumbles . . . but to truly be a real good defense you have to do better in that department.
Mike Sherman has been questionable many times this year, but to his credit, he's truly working with arguably the worst set of skill players in the league. I've been critical of his lack of using Reggie in the passing game as well. If Fasano is spending more time blocking, and you don't trust your other TE's or depth chart WR's . . . put Reggie in the slot and get him on a mismatch. We haven't seen it enough this year.
Make the right moves by trading Vontae? Indy fans are tickled to have him . . . and this is after sitting out with injury most of the season. The Vontae trade won't be judged until Jeff Ireland proves he can replace him properly and there is no guarantee that he can do that. The position that we are in with having to resign Sean Smith and having such limited depth at the CB position is more of a head scratching reason on why we traded him to begin with. Remember, he was making like only 1 million a year for the remainder of his contract and I'm not sure you find a player as talented as Vontae with the Colts late 2nd round pick. You can never have enough good starting caliber CB's and we went from having 2 solid starting CB's to potentially none in one season . . . that isn't a good thing.