Parsing these quotes from the article
"Each decision is made on a daily and continuous basis,"
"The game plan is built by Mike Cummings and his staff all week so the offense goes to the game with a scripted plan then everyone has jobs to execute that plan,"
"For example, you're doing a speech and standing next to you is a sign language specialist. Is the sign language specialist doing the speech or are you doing the speech?
"Mike Cummings details out the game plan for the day and then he's giving jobs to his staff to accentuate assets and limit liabilities."
Patterson followed Cummings' plan, which wound up being altered by Diaco to scrap the passing game because of a combination of issues including weather conditions, field position, pass protection problems and simply not be able to execute because of penalties.
But Cummings maintains control of the offense.
"He's a manager of a unit and the way we present that is that there are certain jobs that need to be done and he organizes and coordinates assets and liabilities to decide who should do the jobs," Diaco said. "From drawing cards, to writing scripts, to recruiting hand-written letters to marketing campaigns to video productions to running the copier and everywhere in between, and we also don't feel like any one job is more important than the other as it relates to calling the game."
So why was Cummings on the sideline?
"We need those four quarters of coaching," Diaco said. "We don't want to minimize those four quarters of coaching. We want to maximize those 3 ½ hours to get even more coaching done there. That's why I called him out of the [press] box and had him on the sideline."
"Mike is a demonstrative personality, the coordinator setting the energy and coaching the unit for four quarters ... so I made that change," Diaco said. "Because it's not just last game, it's all season long – the game is pre-called based on what we believe to be the profile and how we want to attack and then we have people in the chain of custody of information during the game. Don Patterson is one of those people. "
I'm sorry but WTF is he saying? Seriously.