I think most serious football fans can tell when a coach is doing a great job at play-calling and scheming. The players are put in good positions to succeed, and there are less careless execution-type errors. Good play-callers also know how to counter-attack or counter-punch what a defense is doing. For example, if a defense is blitzing up the middle a lot, you throw quick slants across the middle. If the D is calling a monster pass rush every time instead of staying put, you run screens or draws. If a team is keying too much on the run, you run play-action. If a team is jamming receivers at the line, go 5-wide with very quick short passes or direct power runs at the corners for a few plays to soften them up a bit. If a trick play is used, it is specifically designed to exploit a defensive tendency spotted during scouting. Etc etc etc I hate to say it, because it pisses me off every time I think about it, but Josh McDaniels is NOT a good coordinator, and the Pats can't win a Superbowl with this guy. McDaniels seemingly play-calls at random, does not make appropriate adjustments to the defense, and his tendencies have now been clearly spotted and exploited by both Mangini and Saban. He tries to get cute too often (not pounding the Colts by running, or going too often for fancy plays on 3rd and short). The past two years there have also been way more missed catches, tipped balls, fumbles, and blown blocking assignments. Even his gadget plays get screwed up by illegal formations, illegal double forward passes, or major loss of yards (double reverse). Some people here say he's a whiz kid who's just too young and inexperienced, but I question even the whiz kid reputation. What has this guy ever done to prove he's a football genius? Not only do I think he's in over his head, but I also don't think he completely understands the game of football enough to exploit different defenses every week or make proper adjustments. Mangini and Saban have clearly figured this guy out already, and soon the rest of the league will too. I also don't think McDaniels is tough enough, strict enough, or commands enough respect among the players, and I think our unusually high number of penalty infractions every single game suggests this.