Year two is where we should really see him hit his ceiling. We are going to have to have a little patience with him this first year until everyone gets used to each other. I think he will be good this year bur 22 is where it should really click.
I simply don't know how much authority he ever had. I'm not sure anybody does.
It sound like he was simply a guy who was plucked out of a job In Philly, maybe having narrow duties, but did not have the managerial instincts and NFL connections to be able to assemble a non Polian staff.
Still, did Irsay help him in this aspect or just let him sink?
It always seemed like a weird authority structure. Starting right off with Irsay handling the PM situation, deciding to draft Luck, wanting a 34 defense, not allowing RG to fire Pagano, and I wonder who made the call to either keep Arians or Pagano after the ChuckStrong campaign but the team flourishing under Arians. Not that there was a real choice, but I always wondered if Irsay and Grigs had a talk about that after season 1 and what each thought about each coach and why.
We were in a great spot to trade up for Herbert. But we only had two teams we could of traded with. The giants and I believe the lions. They may not have wanted to trade. Then that means we Would not of gotten Buckner. I think Herbert would of been able to win right away with this team. Character wise he was the perfect fit too.
One thing that stuck out was he said he didn’t have a good supporting cast around him helping him make decisions. Irsay would of given him anything if he asked. This is why Ballard is so good. He surrounded himself with great people who keep him accountable. He even said the assistants and scouts at the end of the season get to review his job performance as a GM. He said they bust his balls lol.
This is obvious to many. Since he could not fire Pagano, I'm not sure why he did not bring in different OCs. Of course, I'm not sure if that quick passing game was in vogue at the time he was here, and I don't know what OC candidates would have implemented it. Seemed like the candidates were just a bunch of old school retreads at the time.
The west coast offense was known for exposing its QBs to injury, so that shorter quicker passing offense was not the answer.
Can only hire what the market produces.