So a coach is not responsible for sloppy play, especially when it's a veteran player that's been in his system for years?
Again, a coach cannot coach the stupid out of somebody. If a player continuously makes mistake after mistake, then and only then does it fall on the coach for failing to find a replacement. But as I stated earlier, even some of the best players at their position make mistakes. Look at Demarcus Ware, arguably one of the best in the league, but also likely the most penalized. He helps them more than he hurts them. The way you're making it seem, is that if a guy gets called for a stupid decision, then Danny Smith must have coached him to do that, and that simply isn't true.
By that logic, no coach ever gets fired because it's always the players fault.
Coaches get fired because the whole team or the whole unit goes to ****, not because one or two idiot players making an error once in a while. name one coach that was ever fire for his players getting penalized. There isn't one, penalties happen, even the top coaches still have teams that get penalized.
Look at the Patriots. Everyone is in almost unanimous agreement that because of Belichick, they are probably by far and away the most disciplined team in the NFL, and have been for years. Oddly enough, even with that, there are still 8-10 teams every year with fewer penalties than them.
These things would not be a big deal if they were isolated incidents or a stone cold rookie making these kind of mistakes.
You have impossible standards that no unit in the league could live up to. You make it sound like they should play error free every single game, which nobody can do. Also, the same guy or guys don't make the same mistake every single time like you try to make it sound.
Look at how many guys worshipped Chris Samuels when we had him. I personally hated the guy. Why? Because every single time we would have a huge play up the left side for a touchdown, his stupid ass would get called for a holding penalty. People think it's not true, because they wanted to focus only on how elite of a blocker he was, so they overlooked things he failed at.
You want to hate Danny Smith, so you will over-criticize every single thing he does or his units do, but you'll be the first one jumping up and down on a kick or punt when we pin them in their own 5, or have a 3 man head on collision gang tackle to put a guy in his place.
But it has become common place for Smith's units to wipe out returns or extend opponents drives on mistakes that you learn about in high school, yet his units never seem to grasp that.
Again, this is something that happens to every single team in the league, at the exact same frequency. Usually when a guy gets a huge return, it was an illegal play that broke it open. That's not just the Redskins, it's every team. Why do you think every single time any player in the league gets a 30+ yard return, the first thing they do before they celebrate is look for a flag? You act like they wipe out huge plays with their mistakes, when in reality, the big play never would have happened without the mistake being made. Now if we had a 100 yard TD return, and it was negated by a penalty 40 yards off the ball, I could understand your gripe. But until that happens, you have no reason to be upset about it.
Good to know that Smith shares no responsibility for his unit's performance.
Good to know you think every coach in the league should be fired when his unit makes a mistake.
the troubling thing to me about special teams is veterans like Mike Sellers and now Lorenzo Alexander and Reed Doughty continue to be called for stupid penalties that cost the team down and distance.
They don't cost the team anything, because as I explained above, those big plays would never have happened if they weren't opened up by the boneheaded move. Don't convince yourself that a big play was made when it was only a mirage caused by an error.
against Baltimore, the defense had the Ravens off the field and Alexander came in out of control and caught a penalty for running into the kicker.
It happens. It's not like it's an every game occurrence. How often do you see that called? Once or twice a season? It's a rarity when you consider how many punts there are. It's also at the discretion of the officials, because half of them wouldn't have called it to begin with.
one final question - of Smith is such a good teacher than how come Perry Riley continues to be a 'blocking in the back' machine each week?
Because Riley is a dumb son of a bitch, and because the officials like to call that all the time on every team, even though 75% of the time for every team it's a bull**** call.
this has been going on for a year. can't they teach him how to use angles and proper technique?
You can't fix stupid.