The Original Whizzinator
- May 14, 2002
- Reaction score
So we've regressed to Jake that Jake was merely a contributor. And that credit is attributable to magic rather than an actual ability to lead an offense to remarkable last minute comeback victories. The Defense, which was awesome, is responsible for any real success that year.
I don't have time to look it up, but my memory of that defense is they were slightly above average. And the real question is, how good was the defense that year. How many pro-bowlers did we have that year. Chavous who played safety for Minnesota, wasn't a world beating corner for us. Where did the defense rank in 98? Again my memory is, at best, they were above average and I still give Jake a ton of credit none of it attributable to magic.
Only 2 defenses in the NFL forced more turnovers than ours. We just saw a stat the other day about how turnovers are the key stat in the NFL. So how does a team with the weakest schedule in the entire NFL, and all those turnovers, only win 9 games? Because the offense turned it over nearly as much as the defense forced turnovers.
The one issue the defense had that year was key stops late in games they never seemed to get that done. and as was discussed all year, one of the reasons for that is the only way the offense played well was in the no huddle.