I hear what you're saying I'm just not sure that we were ever legitimately competitive. I think we caused a lot of confusion and had a lot of gadget plays in the first half of the season, plus other teams hadn't really seen enough of Pryor to scheme against him. But once we got to the half way point all our cards were on the table and other teams had no problems countering everything we had.
Once that happened I don't think we had a team with a skill set high enough to make any further, significant adjustments and from that point on we were exposed.
It's not like Allen is the first coach to be in charge of this team when it all goes to shit at the end of a season. Look at 2011, 7 & 4 after week 12 and then total disaster. A lot of people went crazy when Jackson was let go and yet he managed to orchestrate a complete melt down and a draft situation that it has taken two years to recover from.
As far as the draft is concerned you are now totally out of my wheelhouse. Being in the UK I have no exposure to College or High School ball, so I have no idea who is coming up in the draft let alone who is good and who isn't. I do agree that we should be drafting for what we need and not just for the sake of Best Available. I'm not sure that Mark Davis should have too much input on draft decisions, as someone who confessed that he didn't really know football do we really want him picking players? I realise that McKenzie hasn't shown himself to be a Draft Guru, but then, as I said, I am so far out of the loop on this issue that I couldn't make an informed choice either.