Originally Posted by nero THE zero
I think it is a mix of things. He wasn't used properly, as evidenced by his lack of use in kickoffs. The coaches always maintained that his skill set was best used in punt returns but not in kickoffs.
His skills set was also a bad mix with his QB. With Flacco he is able to outrun a defense, but Schaub has never been able to rocket a deep ball to him like Flacco.
He also had a lot of maturity issues here in Houston. I think Baltimore is benefiting some from Kubiak's mentoring of Jacoby. But, once he muffed that punt in Baltimore his time in Houston was done.
I wish him nothing but the best and think he should have been the SB MVP.
I agree with this.
My overriding theory is that this is NOT a good reflection upon Kubiak as a leader and mentor and coach of players. He gives a lot of loyalty to players, but very little real "accountability," and with the way this franchise randomly rewards failure for some players (Amobi Okoye, Travis Johnson, Matt Schaub, etc.) yet randomly cuts that same caliber of player (Jacoby Jones, Eric Winston, etc.) it probably isn't the best way to try and build up a locker room's belief in the team's direction.
This was not a fluke. Jacoby just happens to be a player who more than likely felt like his head coach was always waiting for him to screw up (Gary did this same damn thing to Trindon Holliday, btw). I mean, the head coach doesn't even watch game-deciding field goal attempts. Why? Because he doesn't think we're going to win and he doesn't want to face the disappointment of watching the kick go wide left or wide right. THAT, my friends, although some say it's not a big factor in Gary's skill/talent as a HC, it is a pretty accurate "marker" for me. He thinks the worst instead of the best.
For Gary, if the game came down to a game-deciding FG attempt....well, for Gary it means his guys just didn't execute on Sunday like they had all week in practice leading up to the game. He'll find ways to mentor and coach and build 'em up in the next week's practice.
Gary's system is very devoid of any real, tangible "game day" feeling to it. It's all automated. Do this, like we practiced, and it will work. We ran this a hundred times in practice, running our routes down to the very inch on the field where we were supposed to make the cut...so therefore they can't stop us when we're on our game on Sundays. We are good guys. Our fans love us. Our owner loves us. Our head coach is fanatical and cult-like in his defense of us if things go wrong. Our head coach will stand at a podium and say "It's on me, as a head coach, I have to get them in better position."
All these things lead to what I think is really a sham of a football program when it all gets boiled down to its base element. Boil the water and see what remains. What I see, as proven by Jacoby Jones in the post-season games versus Denver and in the Super Bowl versus 49ers, is that Gary Kubiak is not nearly the adaptive, creative guy some people think he is today.
Which means "What if the players, across the board, have caught onto this?" At some point this season, and I think it was after the two OT games we won, the locker room fell flat for Gary. It was almost like they were tired of winning. But hey, Gary will have them ready "next time." See a pattern?