NFC West. the division was honestly that bad last season. I think if you look at Cassel and most other players that had breakout seasons last year got a lot of their stats against NFC West teams, thus largely over-inflating everyones expectations of them. All NFC West teams ranked 19th or lower last year in pass defense
Cassel vs NFC West +Garbage time performance against DEN: 1329 yards 14 TDs 2 INT
Translation: 51% of seasons TD, 42% of Yards came from 5 games.
Bowe vs NFC West + Garbage time performance against DEN: 579 yards 8 TDs 36 Rec
Translation: 50% of seasons Yards, 53% of TDs, 50% of Rec in 5 games.
Bottom line…Outside of those 4 games against a woeful NFC West and the terrible Defenses they fielded, especially pass defense, and a garbage time stat booster against Denver, our offense was quite useless. So of course our offense looked good and our offense-backgrounded coach got a lot of praise for making the offense work, when in fact it was due quite a far bit to a soft schedule. granted we added some extra weapons but we may have really overestimated how good our offense was last year.
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