Let me preface by saying I could not get on a computer since Sunday and have been developing my thoughts since then. I am also going to point out that as usual I could not see the game and so all of my thoughts are based on box score and NFL.com Game Center.
- As some of you know, I am not one to overreact, and I really do not want to overreact. However, when Ryan Tannehill can put up 431 yards against what was prior to Sunday a top 10 pass defense, and Gabbert manages 186 against a brutally battered Bengal secondary, something is VERY wrong. Am I saying this is Gabbert's fault? Nope, although I am becoming more and more convinced that he should not be the QB leading this team into the future. I would love to think WRs might help explain the disparity, but then I note that Brian freakin' Hartline had 200+ receiving yards.
- The more I think through the above point, the more frustrated I am getting. Be it Gabbert or the offensive scheme/playcalling, the offense is too stagnant. How the hell do they manage all of 10 points? The offense couldn't even establish the running game, which is never supposed to be an issue for this team. This situation hopefully gets resolved soon, but one thing I will say (an i know it might be quite the rash thing I never figured myself to say) is that if SIGNIFICANT improvement is not made as we progress toward the later weeks in the season, I think re shaking up the offense should not be totally ignored as a legitimate option.
- AJ Green is a beast and truly exemplifies what a top 5 WR should be. Blackmon is not AJ Green and never will be AJ Green. I was never a fan of going Blackmon so high, and the more I look at AJ Green (and even Julio Jones) the angrier I get w/ Gene Smith and the more I am convinced that he absolutely has to be ousted as GM.
- My final point is regarding the defense. I hate to say it, but I think they were a bit lucky last year; we keep on saying "they were 6th last year" and so we believe they should be so good this year. Truth is that I think they are in truth not a whole lot more than a top 15 defense when healthy. In particular, I am slowly coming to think that Mincey was kind of a fluke last year; solid player, but he is not worth the money he got off of last season's numbers. To be very honest, the 0 sacks thing is also laying heavy on me and really making me pissed off; these DEs just can't close and take down the QB. Just really bad.
FINAL CONCLUSION: This may be the culmination of all my frustration(although I doubt it since I have been sitting on this for a few days and really though it through), but I am thinking that as much as you may not want to hear it, I think that the best course of action for Shahid Khan at season's close is a TOTAL rebuild. By that I mean GM goes and no one on the roster is safe either(although I do think a lot of guys basically get automatic immunity, although not some of the guys you would think). While coaches typically go as well, I think that Mularkey(and him alone) MIGHT be worthy of automatic immunity.