The point Paintball guy was making is the same.
I don't know any coach who would say "yeah, I suck at play calling. I know nothing about football. I was holding this team back. I'm amazed they kept me on as long as they did."
Cam did enough last year to get us to the Super Bowl. Lee Evans didn't.
Somebody said that Cam Cameron is still being paid until the end of the year, and that he makes the same incentives that everybody else does for advancing in the playoffs and making the SB.
That goes w/o saying. He was fired during the season so they still have to pay him but they might have paid him off
in one lump some already. Nobody knows for sure.
Does anyone know what his contract was? If HARBs was making around $3M, the O-corrd had to make $1M, I guess
and he was here 5 years so we should all be so lucky.
There is a kernel of truth to what Cameron is describing, and it shows up often when any coach is fired and the interim coach goes on a mini-winning streak. Coaches get fired when results are bad. When results are bad everyone wants to blame someone other than themselves, it is natural. The players think the coach is hurting them, the coach thinks the players aren't executing or trying hard enough. Then, since it is always easier to fire a single coach than try to replace a whole slew of players, the coach gets fired. Then, once the coach is gone, the players naturally want to 'prove' it wasn't them in terms of responsibility, so they try harder and results improve.
All that said, I think Cameron was absolutely holding this team back offensively with his scheme and philosophy a lot of the time (not all the time).
You're saying this offense is doing 'better' because it hung up 28 points on New England, but it hung the same number of points on Washington the day before he was fired. It hung 44 on Cincy, 31 on New England, 31 on Dallas, and 55 on Oakland. They had essentially the same offensive performance in New England in the playoffs a year ago, the only real difference is that this year we actually caught all of our TD passes.
It wasn't like the offense under Cam was completely inept and incapable (like the Blake/Boller/Wright years.) The issue for the offense was consistency. That may have been a lack of focus by some players, in which case the 'wake-up' call idea actually has legs.
Remember also that one other major change was made -- the offensive line. Joe, like most QB's, is much better when he has ATS. You watch the games -- you can remember games around the middle of the season when Joe could barely get the snap before he had someone in his grill.
I agree Cam's playcalling was partly responsible for the quick pressure, and part of the lack of consistency might have been due to him not putting guys in the best position to succeed. I wasn't really trying to rebut the criticism of Cam as an OC. But the criticism of how he handled that interview is unwarranted. The guy was, and is, full-on class, and while I think letting him go was a great and bold move, he definitely deserves the SB ring he's going to get.