The dropoff was intentional and started last year while Chud was still here. We went to a more conventional offense to control the clock sustain drives and keep the ball. At the same time we changed philosophies we started winning and won 5 out of 6 last year and 12 out of 16 this year or 17 out of our last 22.
I think you make an interesting point regarding our 2011 offense versus the offense of 2012 and 2013. To me we were much more productive and consistent having Shockey and Olsen. I wish someone could explain how our offense has regressed .from 13th in passing to 29th with basically the same talent .
people castigating Shula forget that Rivera is likely behind this change. It isn't Mike couldn't do better but is doing exactly what Rivera wants. Sure we want more points in every game but as far as total yards who cares. And we have shown the ability to quickly score when needed at end of games. With a few more playmakers on offense we will likely improve next year but I suspect that Rivera is okay with this offense which is why Shula is still here. People can bitch all they want but the powers that be are happy with Shula I suspect so get ready for several more years of the same.