The gamer we thought we had was even a hoax in 2011
Looking at 2011, we played a weak schedule and had CJ in his prime with supporting cast.
Wins over: Bucs 4-12, Chiefs 7-9.Vikings, a 3-13 team, we barely beat them in OT in first game, Cowboys 8-8, Bears 8-8, Broncos 8-8 (won division with Tebow/Orton at QB), Panthers 6-10, Vikings 3-13 Raiders 8-8, Chargers 8-8. We lost the last game to the Packers with Flynn at QB.
Then the Saints out gunned us in the playoffs.
2012, Stafford set a record for most pass attempts in a season. 727 pass attempts. CJ got 2000 yds. (ok, 1964) Whoopty do, we went 4-12.
2013 we were poised to win the division. 7-5 with 4 games to go. We lost 4 straight, one of them a familiar pick 6 to give the game away to a team that couldn’t find the end zone all day. 8-7-1 won the division.
2014, Schwartz’ defense finally peaked but we squandered the strength of the team by picking Ebron. The offense totally sucked but we still were carried to the playoffs. You can talk about how the refs screwed us in the Dallas game, but that play should have had offsetting penalties since Pettigrew had his hands all over that LBs face mask (which is why he didn’t turn for the ball. Cool move, but not legal). The better play would have been for Stafford to notice PRE SNAP that CJ was single covered to his left by a smurf CB who he had just burned 2 plays before and had been doing all game. To me, the big error was failing to audible and just throw it to CJ (who was open the entire play) instead of using him as a decoy for a slow developing play when all you needed was a yard. THAT was when I knew this QB wasn’t a killer. An elite QB would have murdered that play. Probably even Case Keenum would have nailed that play. Besides, Stafford missed Pettigrew even without interference.
Nobody broke Stafford. He is what he is. They’ve been trying to game plan with him for 10 years now and haven’t found the solution. I think it’s time to stop looking.
I think it’s time to finally get rid of the last remnant of the old rookie cap and start again. It’s not like we’re going to be any more of a laughing stock than we already are.