If we're wondering why 2015-2017 was so awesome, it's combination of insane talent and JP on 16/17. Cubelic made the point this week that JP is possibly the best in-game coach in America on the defensive side. I'm inclined to agree.
I think we're headed to a point where good, up and coming coaches will earn their stripes in the more fertile recruiting ground of the Sun Belt and CUSA, instead being a doormat to Oklahoma, Clemson, or Ohio State in their respective conferences.
If Vontez Burfict doesn't act like an idiot, AJ would have taken the Bengals to the divisional round in the playoffs and then who knows. Either way, the guy has the tools to take the reigns of a team but it just hasn't worked out.