Originally Posted by HoustonFrog
Nice piece but I'm not sure what to say on Kubiak. At this time, it looks like it was the right move and the team is succeeding. My issue with stories like above, is that it implies Kubiak was dealt a bad hand and he just had to wait it out. The reality is he had a part in the bad hand...helping pick those D Coordinators, play calling where Foster wasn't involved or he was running half back passes, time management and with draft picks. So I don't think his first 4-5 years were just a great coach in waiting. He was a very bad coach at times.
The next issue has to do with Wade. To me this team has co-head coaches. One on O and one on D and it works really well. They drafted well for this D system. Maybe Kubiak turned a corner somewhere overall as coach but I think it is more about Wade. I'm also not sure if Schaub's injury didn't force him into an offense that actually was the best in the long run and then he realized it. I give Kubiak credit for everyone buying into his system and being a great O coach. Great guy.
So overall I'm in a holding pattern with signs pointing towards positive. I just don't think you can rewrite history and absolve him of the first years and the decisions that were made.
Because Gary is, generally speaking, a good guy who doesn't have Rex Ryan or some other sort of antics we'd be loathsome of...doesn't mean we need to forget the early years.
Builder of a competent offense, great identification skills as to what players he wanted in the offense (Schaub, Owen Daniels, the entire offensive line), but somewhat iffy as a "game day" manager from situation to situation. And grossly incapable of choosing proper defense staff members. For all that Gary can do well, he sort of nullified it with bad choices at d-coord.
Along comes Foster, Tate, and the offense becomes fairly automated--Able to go out there and manage themselves for the most part. Now BOTH phases of the offense are producing yardage and wins. Yet the team cannot overcome its bad defense when facing equally-talented or more talented opponents.
Along comes Wade and now the offense can literally snooze for an entire quarter yet still boot itself into competency at the snap of a finger, and we win. Consistently.
He steadied the organization. Nobody ever quit on him, not the front office, not the owner, not the players. Some fans did
and some did not. Now that there's a bit of a happy ending, there is always some wringing of hands over those first several years of a failed defense, and a capable but not "complete" offense that held us back a few seasons ago. It has worked out for everybody in the end.