Jolly Good Fellow
I don't know why in the world anyone would defend Gailey or Nix unless they were related to them, but mechanics are teachable. Heck, maturity is teachable. His accuracy declined as was stated above - which points back to coaching.No doubt Reggie extended a lot of effort on the field. I never questioned his effort or intent. But he had three problems - 1) The opponents got to him. He lacked the maturity to ignore them. 2) His accuracy was mediocre at best. 3) His mechanics were poor in that he telegraphed his throws with a big windup. That was one of the things that made Joe Hamilton great. When he decided to throw the ball, it came out instantly. Reggie had to wind up. That's just as bad as staring down the receiver.
As far as the OC/HC, I struggle to figure out what you're supposed to do with a QB as limited as Reggie was. Obviously, we tried to run the ball a lot, but after that, what do you do?
With the Fridge as his coach, he would have improved and we would be singing his praises. Joe (with a great coach) was awesome by the end of his career but his first two people were going crazy.
Plus, let's not forget that with a mediocre defense, even baseline CPJ defenses - that we lambast him rightly for - Joe would have won the Heisman. He deserved it anyway (why did it become a career award for one year?!) but the defense that year sunk him.