So you guys know me well enough to know that I wouldn't do this unless I felt really strongly but:
Colbert needs to be fired. Asap. Promote Omar until the off season and start looking for a new FO. Bring in someone from the outside. No more staying in house.
I know some of you say we're bad due to injuries. Yea injuries happen, but you know what helps? Having halfway decent backups. We don't have one decent backup. Other teams have had bigger injuries and players off than us and manage to no miss a step. Teams like the Seahawks, Niners, Broncos, Pats. You know why? Their front offices worked hard to find quality depth. We don't have that. And I put it on Colbert for not giving the coaches anyone to work with. We never have those signings anymore of solid role players that can pitch in in a pinch.
Next up is Haley. I think from day one he was a Colbert hire under Tomlins nose. Tomlin and Haley and NEVER seen near each other. NEVER. There is some major animosity there. Something is wrong, and that is the best answer that I can come up with.
Dick LeBeau needs to retire. The game is gone from him. No more blitzes from him. Scheme too complicated for guys to come and play natural. Tired of drafting D player after D player only to become serviceable in the last year of his deal, go elsewhere on a cheap deal, and explode into a better player.
So how would I fix it?
Find someone else from the NE FO tree that is willing to come in and WORK with Tomlin and Kahn. Understand this is a three way partnership between Coach, Cap, and GM.
Promote Kahn to President of football operations. That way he still has ties to the HC and whoever the new GM is knows that he has to work with Tomlin.
Let Tomlin go out and find his own OC. Include Ben in those meetings. Include Heath. Those guys are too important to ignore. My first pick (if available) would be Brad Childress. Awful HC, good OC.
Let Tomlin change the D to his background, the 43. Let him bring in his own DC. I think if he did bringing in Leslie Frasier (if fired) would be great. Familiarity with each other. Find a way to get Kevin Greene to come back here as a coach. Woodson. Get these oldtimers back that are coaching that have a legacy here. The young guys will respect them.
Ugh, I'll end the rant there but this hurts to watch. Only because we know it could be prevented but we chose to ignore certain signs.