It was partially addressed in the episode: There was a restructuring once SHIELD regained its status as a publically recognized and supported agency of the US Government. Why? At the least, those in power wanted people they could trust running this rather resourceful and potent organization, and they didn't trust Coulson to not pursue his own agenda that ran counter to their wishes. IOW, it's politics. As for Coulson remaining with the organization, well, he still believes in SHIELD's core-mission, and this way he still retains access to SHIELD's resources, and can influence how their new policies are implemented in the field.
What I found surprising in this restructuring is Simmons' new role in the hierarchy, as well as her inadvertent estrangement from he erstwhile team-mates. On one hand, it does make sense, both from Simmons' love of structure and rules; and her desire to be in a position to help out her friends. Unfortunately, when her friends are engaged in unsanctioned activities (e.g. Fitz, the doctor, and the development of the LMD; and Colson and May's pursuit Daisy), this means they must keep her in the dark. Which leads to the common refrain of how everything now "is a secret."
Also interesting is that Yoyo is supporting Daisy, even while Mack and Coulson are hunting her.
Finally, it was nice to see Fitz-Simmons are now a couple.
Oh yeah, I loved how they executed for Ghost Rider, genuinely frightening, and it looked like it was genuinely evaluating Daisy and found her to be worth sparing. I have to wonder how things will workout if the alter-ego decides Daisy has to go, but Ghost Rider decides otherwise. I'm unfamiliar with the backstory for the car-diving version that the show is running with ... would someone please fill me in. From the show, it seems that though the two inhabit the same body, the are separate entities.
the G-man Himself
Edited by G-man, 21 September 2016 - 02:52 PM.