To Switzer's defense the NFC was overly represented in the playoffs the last couple years with very young dual threat QBs. On the other hand the AFC, because of its lack of dual threat QBs, by default was overwhelmingly represented by the traditionals. Which begs the question, were the traditionals better or were they just, well, traditionals. Traditions do change however.
The NFC was overrepresented by teams with great defenses which drug their teams to the playoffs despite limited passing offenses.
Seattle finished 1st in total defense.
Carolina finished 2nd in total defense.
San Francisco finished 5th in total defense.
Seattle finished 26th in passing.
Carolina finished 29th in passing.
San Francisco finished 30th in passing.
But I suppose, by your ludicrous reasoning, these teams made the playoffs primarily because of the talents of their QB's.
Here is a better question:
Would Denver, which finished 19th in total defense, have made the playoffs with either Kapernick or Wilson at QB???
Maybe. But until one of them takes his team to the playoffs without a great defense, it is an open question.
After all Kaepernick has never passed for 3200 yards in a season.
Wilson has never passed for 3400 yards in a season.
Can you win consistently in the NFL without a great defense with those kinds of numbers???
I suppose your real point must be something along these lines: If Seattle and Denver traded QB's, then Denver would suddenly be better than Seattle because Wilson is better than Manning. Ludicrous? Yes.
Incidentally, my take on the ceiling for white quarterbacks is, oh, somewhere around the Joe Montana level.
Once again, the three rush defenses the Panthers have played this year have all been below average statistically:
Arizona's stats have probably been inflated by playing against some teams who can't run: St. Louis....and by teams who don't place as much emphasis on it...Detroit and N.O. for example.
But anytime you go through a quarter of an NFL season and you are only giving up 3.0 ypc, you are doing something right as a defense. You are not blowing assignments. You are in position to make plays. You are well coached.
I am hoping the improvement in Carolina's ability to run the football is legitimate. I want them to be able to line up against anyone and run the football. (That is awfully tough in the NFL).
This game will be the first true test of their ability to do that this season.
And if they can't run consistently...we will find out a lot more about other areas of this offense as well...
The only reason we have the "worst" passing attack is because we have played 1 game less than almost everyone. Arizona knows first hand how explosive Cam and the Panthers air attack can be.
No, sorry, the numbers are based on Yards Per Game...not total production. the Panthers are averaging 170ypg passing, lowest in the NFL. It is not necessarily bad to be ranked low in passing yards if your running game is good and you have a superior defense. The Carolina brain-trust clearly has a vision for this team.
I keep hearing "franchise QB" in regards to Josh Freeman. Boy, it doesn't take much to earn that label these days...
Freeman obviously has physical gifts, but take a closer look at his actual numbers:
2009: 30th in NFL passing
2010: 6th in NFL passing
2011: 26th in NFL passing
2012: 19th in NFL passing
2012: 33rd in NFL passing
Look even more closely at his "breakout" season of 2010: He threw for a paltry 216 ypg on a team that finished 31st in the NFL in total offense. That Tampa team was pure run first, in fact they rushed for over 2000 yards and had a darn good defense. He can be credited with not throwing many interceptions and the team was good in the red zone, but it was definitely a "game manager" type season...not the season of an elite passer.
Now throw in this year...you can say what you want about Schiano, but Josh Freeman completely quit on his teammates...missing multiple team meetings and sleeping through through team photos...probably all calculated. Josh Freeman is a spoiled Prima Donna and a cancer in the locker room. If Joshy doesn't get his way...look out...His actual passing numbers are poor to mediocre and he is a head case. This is not a player any GM in his right mind wants to build a team around.