I'm a big fan of the fake spike, too. I've heard Peyton Manning say that the only guy who knew it was gonna be a fake would be himself and the targeted receiver. Even the line would think the ball was being spiked so that they wouldn't tip their hands.
It may sound counterintutitive, but I think PN-G missing the playoffs would be more beneficial in the long run than a first round "one and done" beatdown. It would clearly illustrate the need for change, instead of somehow thinking its really not that urgent to fix the issues.
And for cryin' out loud, PLEASE bring back the Purple and White, hopefully with the zigzag trim. That generic grey and white on the field is just terrible. PN-G needs to become PN-G again.