This season is reminding me very much of the final years of Wannstadt, Sparano, Philbin and Gase. The players to me seem to have clocked off for the season and doing the bare minimum to keep their salaries. I know people will say they’re well paid and should be putting in total effort, but the rot starts at the head. What causes highly motivated, well credentialed professionals to clock off? The short answer is that the boss puts them in a position with no path to success. In the NFL you create a situation where the players have no path to success through poorly designed schemes, poorly implemented schemes and failure to acquire talent at positions where it’s needed Flores has been taking action to change his coaching staff when he sees an area that has been lacking. That is a good thing but it runs into the crocodile problem. The crocodile problem is that if you remove a big crocodile from a spot in a river that spot doesn’t remain unfilled, the spot is taken by the next crocodile and the next crocodile might be bigger or meaner than the first crocodile. Making changes at positional coaches who are underperforming is good. Not making an upgrade when you do so is bad. Failure to upgrade talent is another problem. We saw it with Wannstadt who kept Fiedler rather than accepting him as a very capable backup who should be replaced with a talented starter. We saw it with Gase who believed his scheme didn’t need no stinking guards. Players see what the fans can see and think the coach/GM isn’t trying to win. Not getting talent at RB was a sign to players that Flores/Grier didn’t know what it takes to win. It isn’t whether the possible draftee or FA signee would have been better, it’s that there was no effort that’s the signal the players received. Lack of confidence in the QB. At the moment I’m seeing Tua as a re-run of the Tannehill situation. If you want your QB to play with confidence you have to let them play without handcuffs. You have to give them the opportunity to succeed. We suffered through countless Tannehill threads and posts going back and forth and it’s very similar to the comments about Tua.