Fact is Fox and The Golden Calf of Bristol win.
Fact is Rivera and Newton lose.
I'm a Carolina fan, but I'm not stupid. Denver has a better coach (Fox) and game manager (The Golden Calf of Bristol). Carolina has an unproven coach who shows no emotion (Rivera) and what will be one of the greatest QBs to play the game once he learns to manage it (Newton).
I'd take Fox of Rivera and Newton over The Golden Calf of Bristol, but I don't discredit what The Golden Calf of Bristol is doing in Denver. I don't know why anyone else is either.
And you are completely right. But to actually explain it in better terms, that are measurable, what they have is a very efficient offense and that's thanks a lot in part to The Golden Calf of Bristol's efficiency as a QB. This is something that's measurable and ever since The Golden Calf of Bristol took over at QB, Denver's offensive efficiency has drastically improved. They were right near the bottom of the league like we are until The Golden Calf of Bristol started. Today:
#12 Denver 15.3
Now they are one of the most efficient offenses in the league. And for those that have issues with more complex or abstract terms like "yards per point", and "offensive efficiency" and don't quite grasp what that means...
It can simply be explained in one word: EXECUTION
Offensive yards per point, offensive efficiency, scoring ability, quality index basically measures and refers to one thing: offensive execution.
This is why it is the most important stat in football. Not yards, not points, not one part of your offense or team. But execution, which takes all those other stats into account. In fact those other stats simply break down execution into different categories. In a league filled with NFL pros and top level talent, and practically an even player acquisition structure every year, NOTHING else you can do and no amount of talent you can acquire using the current structure in the NFL, can ever possibly be more important than execution. Execution wins out. The only time it loses is when you truly meet a more talented team that's also
executing on the same level.
The team who wins, the team who wins most games, the teams who wins Super Bowls, are the teams who have the highest and are most consistent in efficiency, because that means it's the teams who had the BEST EXECUTION with the players they have. And typically the level of additional talent on one team, is never enough to overcome bad execution.
John Fox teaches execution, but like with anything in life, it also takes good students, who are capable to learn. And the faster you can learn, the faster you can win. You can teach execution, but it takes someone to be able to do it. You can also be capable of executing and not have anyone teaching it to you. A bad teacher or a bad student results in the same problem. Execution sucks.