I hear what you’re saying, Hfx, but I just can’t figure this team out. One game, they hang in tough and get a W, followed by a stinker when nothing - absolutely nothing! - is working.
To be sure, there were a lot of changes at the beginning of the season, and with only 2 pre-season games, that doesn’t give the coaching staff nearly enough time to assess the players IMO. There were the expected growing pains early on, but one would expect that they start settling into some sort of rhythm by this point, and yet they come up with another embarrassing L.
You have correctly pointed out that in 3 of the 5 remaining games, we will be playing against struggling teams. But, if the Als are contenders and not pretenders, they have to beat good teams, and they have to beat them on the road. So far this season, that simply is not the case.
So, I remain cautiously optimistic for the rest of the season. I do think, however, that the coaches have to be prepared to pull AC if he has any more stinkers. While I love AC and all that he has accomplished on and off the gridiron, he is in the twilight of his career and I have seen far too many stinkers this season where the timing, the execution…etc. is way off. Every DC in the country knows that AC is not mobile and prepare their D-lines to pin their ears back and come after him. The OC has to come up with better schemes to deal with that or insert Adrian as required.