I have to agree with you on Johnson. The offense was very disappointing this year. Almost high school level play calling and design. (My opinion of course.) Often questioned during the game the receiver routes, all deep with no safety valve (that I could see.) Did we ever run a post pattern?
Defense, I have to give D’Onofrio a pass. (Note: During the season I would often call him Onofrio because he was missing the “D”). However Manster pointed out some very good points in an earlier email and I agree because I have often questioned the football IQ of some of the players on defense. Trey Stewart and Adrian McDonald were examples of players with limited size and skill who played way better than others because of their football IQ.
So we asked why not bench those players and the reason, again as Manster pointed out, several key backups were injured and in addition, the quality of talent in two key areas was not to the same level as previous years, Linebacker and Corner (NFL talent has left without those levels being replaced).
Again, not saying he was perfect, going soft on Tulane after being aggressive in the 2nd half yielded the quick TD that cost the game. But shutting down Navy the whole 2nd half is another. To me the key going forward is can he evaluate talent. Can he help us bring in those kids that are capable of becoming NFL quality talent. Can he bring in those guys, who while maybe are not of NFL size and caliber, play with the heart and football IQ that allow them to be better than others with NFL ability but lack the IQ.