Markcc13 Posted January 3, 2012 Share Posted January 3, 2012 Is anyone as amazed at the way QBs are passing in the NFL as I am? I've been looking over the passing stats for the league and If Aaron Rodgers would have played week17 there would be 4 different QBs over 5000 yards and ten QBs passed for more than 4000 yards. Eli Manning almost broke 5000 yards this season too. If Schaub and Cutler didn't get hurt they too would likely be over 4000 yards. This is very impressive because in 2003 only two QBs broke 4000 yards. No one even makes a big deal about the 4000 passing yards mark anymore.This leads me to a more serious point. The league has become completely weighted towards the offense. A team's offensive numbers are a much better indicator of overall success. That isn't the case for defensive numbers neither a terrible defense nor a great defense correlates with wins. Additionally, the spread between the best and worse offenses is greater than the spread between the defenses. For instance the Jaguars offense (32nd in the league) has just 55% of the yardage the Saints offense (1st in the league) has. Likewise, for the defensive side of the ball the Steelers (1st in the league) has given up 66% of the yardage of the Packers (32nd in the league) offense. This is even more dramatic if you look at points. The best offenses put up 3 times the points of the worst offenses and the best defenses only allow about half the points as the worst defenses. Simply put it is becoming clear that a dominant offense (Packers, Saints, Patriots) can carry a team even to the superbowl. However the four best offenses (Steelers, Ravens, Niners, and Texans) still need an average to above average offense to be successful. Because of this I am a huge advocate of ignoring our defense no matter how frustrating it gets at times and establish a dominant offense. Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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