I agree that getting to Atlanta was unexpected and, thus, a nice surprise. However, we showed up there with no chance to win, and that's never fun.
Obviously, we were dealt a bad blow with the Grier situation. I think the lesson to take away from it is that we have to commit ourselves to building a lot more depth in the program. Too many years, we've been content to let our numbers slide with the thought that it would get corrected in the following cycle. Only, far too often the issue was then compounded by some other issue and left unresolved. Some things were beyond our control, other things we could have controlled and managed better. We have to start taking numbers and continuity seriously. That means paying valuable assistants top dollar and green-lighting projects that enhance recruiting, among other things.
As for Mac, it was a decent first year and I still believe he is one of the better play callers out there. It's hard to tell with so many missing pieces on offense right now, but I'm content to continue believing he can call the right play at the right time.
That said, just getting to Atlanta doesn't guarantee anything moving forward. Gus Malzahn got to Atlanta his first year and finds himself on a hot seat entering 2016. There's still a lot of work to be done and I'd prefer to wait and see what type of progress we make before extending the contract.