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Just How Bad is Our Offense?

Going into the year, many of us had high hopes for our offense.  We were returning what we thought was the best ground attack in the league, featuring a monstruous, road-grading offensive line featuring four potential Pro Bowlers and two other guys who had shown well in extended action the previous year.  In addition, we had a stable of backs we were confident in; DeAngelo Williams was just two years removed from leading the league in scores and Jonathan Stewart had destroyed every defense he had faced during that end of season run.  Not to mention a revamped passing attack, led by a young, promising QB throwing to what we thought were talented, albeit inexperienced weapons.  For whatever reason, none of the above really showed their potential, and we are left with an offense that is historically bad.  But just how bad are we?  Let's see how we compare to the benchmark of futility, the 1992 Seattle Seahawks



More after the jump....

Disclaimer: The numbers for Seattle are for 16 games, Carolina has on remaining

Category

Carolina

Seattle

Change

 

 

 

Points For

186

140

+26

Point Differential

-191

-172

-19

Turnovers 

INT

FumL

35

20

15

41

23

18

+6

+3

+3

Total Yards

3844

3374

+470

Passing Yards

YPA (yards per attempt)

PYPG

Attempts

2135

5.5

163.5

450

1778

4.9

145.2 

476

+357

+0.6

+18.3

+26

Rushing Yards

YPC (yards per carry)

Carries

RYPG

1709

4.2

409

113.9

1596

4.0

402

99.8

+113

+0.2

+7

+14.1

YPP (yards per play)

Total Plays

4.2

906

3.6

945

+0.6

-39

Total TD

15

13

+2

Rushing TD 

7

4

+3

Passing TD

1st Downs

Sacks

8

213

47

9

208 

67

 -1

+5

+20

Sack%

9.5

12.3

+2.8

Source: Pro Football Reference

 

I'll let the stats speak for themselves, just want to make a couple of observations about both teams. 

  • Both teams started three different QB's.  The '92 Hawks started Dan McGwire, Kelly Stouffer, and Stan Gelbaugh.  We started Matt Moore, Jimmy Clausen, and Brian St. Pierre
  • The Seahawks experienced this season under first year coach Tom Flores, who went on to lead them to two more consecutive 6-10 seasons. 
  • They selected offensive tackle Ray Roberts with the #10 selection of the previous draft.  Yet they allowed 67 sacks with a 12.5 sack percentage.  They selected Rick Mirer, QB out of Notre Dame with the #2 pick the following year.  He busted, although he was sacked 47 times his first year, 27 his second, and 42 his third
  • Both teams won 2 games.  . 
  • And finally, this fact that I think is absolutely crazy.  The leading scorer for both teams?  John Kasay

 

P.S:  Apologies for the spacing in the first column, can't figure out how to fix it.  Hopefully this post will be good enough and Jaxon will see fit to put in a proper table.  Perhaps even put in a photo?  ;) 

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