This post was triggered by a response to the previous thread, but has been a long time coming anyway.
Ever since the Freep article came out, the majority of users on this site have rallied around Rodriguez. This is perfectly fine, especially as it seems clear that people have unfairly targeted Rodriguez for criticism about pretty much everything.
What is annoying is a trend that seems to me, at least, to have emerged with a vengeance this season, namely posts claiming that any football related ideas someone comes up with have been thought of by the coaches and would be used if it were a good idea. This is often probably true. However, it generally doesn't need to be posted because:
a) The coaches may not have thought of every single damn idea for a play that people post on the board. And some may work.
b) The coaches are not always right about play selection and the depth chart. Nick Sheridan was named the starting QB last season. That didn't exactly work out on the field. Furthermore, if their decisions were always correct, we'd win more games.
c) Part of being a fan is speculating on ideas. It is supposed to be fun. We know that the coaches have probably thought of most of our ideas and have justifiable reasons for not implementing them. It doesn't mean we can't discuss them anyway.
d) As fans, we should not be members of a rigid orthodoxy in which expressing an opinion that is contrary to that of the coaches is tantamount to heresy. If we were, then we would never have reason to say anything in opposition to Scott Shafer (or Jay Hopson, or any of the other coaches for that matter). Once again, sometimes the coaches get it wrong.