And they should. The motion offense is designed to-
Get the d to call an alignment, then the O shifts into a different look/play at the last second before the snap
Create mismatches- like a fst RB vs. linebacker, and also by drawing a D player away from the point of attack by the motion man, or place an extra blocker at the point of attack.
Sometimes you guess right, and others you get it wrong. It happens in football.
Colts used to use few alignments, because Peyton and the skill players could execute at a high level and the D knew what was coming and still cannot stop it. Luck and our rookies are not that level. Joe Gibbs won 3 SB's using motion offense. Motion in and of itself is not a problem. Arians might take a page out of Gibbs book and use it to set up motion to get blocking to a guy like Watt, as Gibbs did to thwart Lawrence Taylor.
I said reduce motion, not get rid of it entirely. Motion has its place, obviously. But sometimes, it will help the defense as much as it helps you.
It appears you and others think we need a new playbook (and some see that, by association, an new OC). That's fine. I see it different.
I don't see how you get that impression from what I posted.
I see a game we should have won yesterday. Probably a game that our rookies will win after a little more experience.
My criticisms exist independent of Sunday's game, and they are valid in both wins and losses this season. Like I said earlier, this isn't a knee-jerk reaction to a bad loss.
I see great things from the playbook we have with some, near term with the changes already being made, and long term when/if we can fix the protection issues. Arians is adjusting, but there are limits. Some teams have very good pass protection - 49-ers? Bills? Flacco seems to have time... Brady gets good looks downfield... we need build something similar for Luck for next year and beyond. In the meantime, we have to get creative to protect Luck without having to turn him into Alex Smith 2.0
To the bolded, that's my whole point.
As for the line, my hope is we add some talent this offseason and get some help from the guys already here, and maybe we'll be better next year. But I don't really think it matters what kind of line you have, teams pay a lot of money for pass rushers these days. Defenses put a premium on pressuring the quarterback. Even with an elite line, your gameplan should try to neutralize a good rush.
Arians did make some adjustments in Sunday's game. I just wish he had done a few specific things that -- I think -- would have helped the pass protection and the quarterback.