At the beginning of the season my hopes couldn't have been higher. We had a top 10 defense, had actually made the playoffs, and had spent a boatload to establish a better offense, picking up receivers Antwaan Randle-El and Brandon Lloyd in the offseason. These were certainly upgrades over David Patten and James Thrash, right? Huge upgrades, right? Superbowl or bust, right???
Apparently not, says Anthony Brown at Hog Heaven.
Was this forseeable? Probably. Gardner's 5 touchdowns were the same amount Lloyd had as the #1 WR in San Fransisco in 2005. And Randle-El never racked up more than 650 yards.
Football Outsiders Aaron Schatz, while pointing out our 25th spot in his DVOA ranking, also reminds: