One could read into that two ways I guess.Cliff wrote: ↑Tue Jan 05, 2021 11:03 amThe changing of offensive coordinators has been a major problem for Zimmer. Mostly because he relies on his OC to provide structure and "take care" of everything. He himself doesn't seem to has an offensive philosophy beyond "we need to make sure to run the ball enough". Instead of having an overarching plan for the team he'll worry about the defense and let the OC do their thing. I think that makes it a more difficult transition from one OC to the next for the players.
This post made me think of Mike Tice. I was going to write something like "Well, Tice is available" but I just found out he retired. I found the reason interesting:
Tice was hired to be the Oakland Raiders offensive line coach in January 2015. On February 6, 2018, Tice announced that he is retiring from coaching. He says he’s ready to move on from the coaching ranks because “players today don’t want to be coached."
One, players today truly "don't want to be coached". Not sure one could substantiate this based on any overwhelming evidence.
Or two, players today "don't want to be coached by Mike Tice-like coaches".
Depending on your perspective, you may feel #2 in actuality equals #1.
But I think the "newer" successful coaches like McVay, Shanahan (and Saleh), McDermott (and Daboll), LaFleur, etc. and their staffs are actively coaching players to get better, and the vast, vast majority of players on their respective rosters seem to be 100% on board with being coached. Heck even Diggsy chipped in to get his Bills WR coach a new truck.
I'm not convinced the defensive game has passed Zimmer by, in fact with the right team structure and roster I think he might be just as successful as Leslie Frazier is now as the DC (and asst HC) of the Bills.