And serious question... feel free to answer... is there more to a passing attack than just the QB? Does it matter how the OL blocks, how well the WRs read the coverage and run / adjust their routes, whether they catch the ball or not when it gets there?
Do you think the Ravens have a "good" offensive line? Would you say their receiving corps is "good" overall? Does Cameron do a "good" job scheming the offense? Or should Joe just be able to make everyone better?
1. Our passing offense is ranked 11th overall. However our efficiency in completion % is ranked #22 out of 32 teams. That doesn't brood confidence with the coaching staff. That means that while we started chucking it a lot - we didn't complete it as much as one would hope. In fact, we are in the bottom thrid of the league there. Stats can be so misleading unless you dig into them a bit.
2. Our 3rd down efficiency is ranked #20 out of 32 teams. (source ESPN) Here again - quantity doesn't equal quality. Quality builds confidence with coaches. Not quantity.
3. Our offensive line while not great this year without Ben Grubbs is ranked #17 in pass blocking and #9 in run blocking. Great? No - but certainly not the worst. Certainly not bad enough to be used as a scape goat. Pitt and Indy are #15 and #16. Grenn Bay is #29 and NE is #1 for some perspective. http://www.footballoutsiders.com/stats/ol
4. We have 2 very good WR's and a decent 3rd with Jacoby Jones. We have a top tier elite RB. Pitta is a nice TE. Joe has weapons to use. As many as one can expect in the salary cap era.
5. Ray Rice is second on the team in receptions with only 2 fewer catches than our leading WR in catches Anquan Boldin. Ray Rice has been targeted in the passing game just 6 fewer times than Torrey Smith. That tells me we are checking down A LOT. Having that many check downs doesn't build coaching confidence. It does mean that your aren't taking risks and it is an indication that you are missing opportunities to hit WR's.
The article mentioned how many players were surprised at how flexible Harbaugh appeared when he did not merely dismiss criticism...this illustrates his style that's all.
What I see is mundane stuff such as a 9-2 record, undefeated at home (since 2010), possibly the fifth straight playoff appearance, etc.
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