The major reason we went 2-8 under Chud for two seasons in a row is because we didn't have this defense.
You are telling me that if this years team had last years defense that we would be 6-3?
Last years defense wasn't that bad, they were they ranked 10th in yards per game allowed. You can't put all those loses on them. The offense was culpable too, I mean, we had like 10 rushing yards against Tampa to kick the season off. We had some serious offensive issues last year, do you remember all the read option Chud bashing, the RB issues with Delo getting benched 1 game, the Kalil RB jersey post on twitter. Both years you saw philosophical changes midway thru the season with a larger focus on running the ball and controlling the clock. You also saw a change in results.
Just look at what Chud is doing offensively in Cleveland, he has a pass to run ratio of almost 2:1. They have 1 rushing TD so far, 28th in attempts and 32nd in scoring. They are woefully unbalanced and while passing excites fans they are sitting with a losing record with a pretty stout D behind them. Their division isn't particularly tough this year either.
What I am saying is if Chud was more balanced they would likely be sitting with a winning record today and if he was still here we might not be sitting at 6-3 today.
Of Course our D this year is having a massive impact but do you realize we are scoring more points per game this year under Shula than last year under Chud?
Having balance and controlling TOP are massive in this league. We lead the league in TOP, Cleve is ranked 26th. Last year under Chud we were ranked 19th. And that means our D is on the field less than any other team in the league.
To this point Chud did a much better job of utilizing Cam than Shula has. The defense is the biggest difference....you put this defense on our teams from 2011/2012 and those seasons are much different.
But its not just about utilizing Cam better, its about utilizing everyone on O better. Its a major reason why we went 2-8 under Chud for two seasons. It took late in both season for Chud to get the running game going.
Shula has been more balanced and it has helped rest the D so they can do their thing. Cam having awesome passing and running numbers is great for fantasy owners and for people trying to argue which QB is better than who. But football is still about winning and losing and were winning with Shula. Meanwhile Chud has gone pass happy up in Cleveland, traded away their "star" RB and has a losing record once again, his offense up in Cleve actually has a worse ranking in points scored (26th) at this point than they had last year under Brad Childress (24th). In fact, Shulas O (15th, we were 12th prior to the 9ers) is actually even ahead of where Chuds (18th) was in scoring last year with essentially the same roster on O. Cleveland also has a pretty decent defense and decent special teams too, it's a major reason why they have some of their wins too.
Just look at our RB and WR stats to see how balanced we are.