@osiruz There were a few of us in the Bevell train. Sure looks like he was the better hire so far. Posted this on TATF and thought you’d appreciate this
I’ll be honest, I really thought Koetter’s experience would allow him to get more out of the Shannahan/Falcons playbook than Sark. And perhaps over time he will. But it looks like an unmitigated disaster a quarter of the way through the season. They say you can’t win a Super Bowl in September, but you sure as fuck can prevent yourself from winning one in September. Exhibit A, the Atlanta Falcons 2019.
In the offseason I said the dream OC was Kubiak, the likely hire was Koetter but my preference was Bevell. People hear the name Bevell and think SB 49. That’s really an injustice to him. With less talent, he far outperformed Koetter between 2010 and 2015. Four times his offense was top 5 DVOA. His key was a balanced attack
The reason I liked him over Koetter was he has the WCO pedigree. The transition would have been far less difficult. Most said I was stupid and Bevell was trash. Welp, again he is doing far more with considerably less talent in 2019. The Lions have one close loss to the Chiefs. They should have won.
Why are they successful? Because bevel stays committed to running the football. They have 490 yards rushing on twice the attempts we have. And they are not world beaters averaging just 3.9 yards per carry (we average 4.0). But they stay committed which keeps the offense balanced and the defense guessing.
This was my concern with Koetter. He rarely runs the football when the game takes him off script. Some will say you can’t run the football when you’re down two scores. I don’t believe that. The patriots were down 28 to 3 midway through the third quarter in Super Bowl 51. They went on to rush the ball 12 times from that point. That’s just three less attempt then we made all game against the Titans. If we do not stay committed to running the football, this season will spiral out of control by Halloween.
Lions PPG: 24.8
Falcons PPG: 17
When you compare the players each team has on offense the comparison becomes comical. I honestly believe we would be 3-1 with Bevell. We are lucky to be 1-3 with Koetter. I sure hope the staff has a come to Jesus moment and turns this tragedy around