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> 1 can only be done after the problem is detected, which by then your plane is pointing dangerously down.

If you are referring to the documented procedure for recovering from a trim runaway, then all 737s would be dangerous, as this is the same procedure for trim runaway recovery as it is for the prior versions, and regardless of whether it is caused by an MCAS fault or for any other reason. The pilot is not expected to determine whether it is an MCAS fault before acting, because the recovery from runaway trim is the same, regardless of cause.

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