You can't make chicken salad out of chicken shit
I was talking about this tonight. After going back and forth, I stopped here for now.
If Monty was a bad coach, we'd be hosed in the first quarter as much as in the third, right? I haven't run the numbers because I want to think on whether this is a reasonable test.
Being particular to the third quarter clearly points to halftime adjustments, but it could be a coaching issues (like he's good with more time but can't think on his feet) or personnel issues, meaning the roster is just missing so many skills he can't both adjust to keep attacking the bad guys and adjust enough to keep them from shutting you down.
It seems to me, from memory only, so possibly flawed, that it's our offense that goes away. Then, giving up points on turnovers kills the defensive numbers (not that they'd be top 5 without them).
Also, by Monty here, I mean the coaches collectively. Ultimately, it's on Monty, but the staff can change without losing Monty.