Posted 14 September 2013 - 09:12 AM
What was our offense ranked after Week 1 last season? We had like 300 yards passing, probably close to 0 yards rushing, and 10 points...for all the people astounded as to how we only scored 7 points on the Seattle D this year, we scored 10 against a relatively crappy Tampa Bay defense. And yet the backlash of our offense this year seems far worse than last.
The difference is obviously Shula. It just seems like a case of people wanting to prove they were "right" in denouncing Shula as an OC before the season began. Not saying Zod in particular...there were a lot of Shula skeptics before the season began. After game 1 last season vs game 1 this season, I'm taking Shula over Chud. I'm not taking 2011 into consideration though, just looking at our offense as separate entities season by season. For all the flak Shula gets, he was at least efficient...a 70% completion rate and over 5 ypc on paper is a damn good offense. Much less 3 and outs than Chud and Shula makes me want to pull my hair out of my head much less than Chud did. I'm still blaming execution more than coaching...especially after hearing there were open players down the field (mainly Ginn) on a number of pass plays but Cam chose not to take a shot.
It's funny how people were praising Shula in the first half and at the end of the game he was all of a sudden terrible. Yeah some of it may have had to do with lack of adjustments, but I'm pretty sure if we had won (which very well could have happened if DeAngelo hadn't fumbled), we wouldn't be hearing all this about Shula and our offense. It's that "winning is everything" mentality...reminds me of all the flak Cam gets as a QB just because of his record.