If there is any indication how good this can be it was 2008, we started 5-1 only to fall to 7-9 now the only big difference between 2008 and now is Jason Peters a pro Bowl LT.
If there is any reason to get excitied about this team it because of the possibilities we now have on the offense
If there is any reason to feel down about this group its the transition to 3-4 that could be shaky and that we dont have a pro bowl QB our LT arguably the 2 most important positions on a football team (Brian).
Let me present the following:
2008 Stats: 2009 Stats:
35 Td's - 30 by the offense 25 Td's - 23 by Offense
30 FG's - 8 inside the 30 28 FG's - 12 inside the 30
40% 3rd down efficincy 26% 3rd down effciency
24 Sacks allowed 32 Sacks Allowed
-8 Turnover Ratio +10 Turnover Ratio
5.1 Yard per Play 4,8 Yards per Play
Chans Cowboys the 2 Years he was there:
1998 Stats: 1999 Stats:
42 TD's - 38 by Offense 42 TD's - 36 by Offense
29 Fgs - 10 Inside the 30 19 Fg's - 3 Inside the 30
37% 3rd Down Efficeincy 35% 3rd Down Efficiency
34 Sacks Allowed 35 Sacks Allowed
+11 Turnover Ratio +10 Turnover Ratio
5.5 Yards per Play 5.1 Yard per Play
If our 2009 stats dont make you want throw up then your stomach is much stronger then mine, if you can take 1 thing from these stats is its that we will score more points but give up more sacks, hmmmm is that a good thing or a bad thing I dont know, but Chans numbers seem very consistent decent 3rd down conversion %tage, good Turnover ratio, and doesnt like to kick the ball inside the 30. I didnt look at the defensive side because Perry Fewell did a solid job with all circumstances involved.
Some more Insight:
2009 Stats: 2008 Stats:
4.4 Yards per Rush 4.2 Yards per Rush
28.11 Time of Possesion per Game 30.03 Time of Possesion Per Game
6.3 Yards per Pass 6.9 Yards Per Pass
1867 Total Rushing Yard for the Year 1842 Total Rushing Yards For The Year
1998 Stats: 1999 Stats:
4.0 Yards per Rush 4.2 yards Per rush
31.50 Time of Possesion Per Game 32.00 Time of Possesion per game
7.5 Yards Per Pass 6.5 Yards Per Pass
2014 Total Rushing Yards for the Year 2051 Total Rushing for the year
As you can see Chans teams run the ball very effectivley and control the clock, now 2 min a game doesnt seem like much but in an actual game 2 minutes is a long time and when you look at our 2009 28.11 time of possession in comaprison to 32 Min thats a drastic difference. No doubt just by looking at the stats our offense will be better hopefullt theres is no dispute in that.
Our Red Zone offense will be better, our rushing attack will be better and our time of possesion will be better, thats what Chan will bring. Thats what Buddy Hired him for, Now if George Edwards can keep this defense on par with last years or possibly have them better we are looking a team thats gunna give alot of teams some problems.