I miss the good ol' days...when the Avengers were simply a superhero team. Not a feakin' franchise or a replacement for SHIELD.
It worked great when it was Avengers and West Coast Avengers but there was a purpose to having two teams and they weren't based in the same geographic area.
Cage's Avengers never felt like Avengers to me...neither does Secret Avengers. Cage's team was more like the Defenders.
SHIELD worked for decades. It served the purpose it was created for perfectly. The Avengers was created for another purpose altogether and it does neither property justice to try and use one to do the other's job.
SHIELD needs to return and the Avengers need to downsize or at least have a reason for having all these teams aside from "we think it'll sell".
You have to know that SHIELD still has a branch working secretly behind the scenes even now.The ultimate undercover orginization of the spy world and Fury(or his son) always have something going on that nobody else is aware of at the moment.Perfect cover right now-the world thinks Rogers is the top cop but wait until all the cards are seen.I am so sure of it that I am willing to bet Gernots life savings that we find thats the case eventually.SHHH-dont tell him I want it to be a surprise when you collect his money.