Because there is nothing happening in professional football and because I wanted to put something on the site, I started breaking down some passing game statistics this morning. Why? I wanted to see in what specific areas of the passing game the Chicago Bears struggled and what separated them from the elite teams in 2008. My verdict? I'm not sure I have one. So how about I give you the numbers and you figure it out.
Note: I took total passing stats. Not just starting quarterbacks. I compiled them here.
Let's take the best in the conference...
418 - 630, 66.3 %
75 completions to running backs
11.7 yard per catch
Kurt Warner: 30 TD / 14 INT
Let's take a middle of the road passing game...
NEW YORK GIANTS
298 - 491, 60.3 %
52 completions to running backs
11.3 yards per catch
Eli Manning: 21 TD / 10 INT
Let's take the Chicago Bears Football Club...
304 - 528, 57.6 %
71 completions to running backs
10.6 yards per catch
Orton/Grossman: 20 TD / 14 INT
Jay Cutler was sacked only eleven times, behind a mediocre offensive line. Aside from that, where does he make the passing game significantly better? In what areas must the offense focus? What do all the damn numbers mean?