Chad Henne is an issue but so is the offensive line, the playcalling, the running backs and this supposedly very good receiving corp. It is tough to progress when those around you regress. Only the defense, punter and kicker improved this year. Special teams and the offense as a whole took a step back. Then again look at last year's draft and free agent signinings, most of the changes were in the defense. Time to spend a little cash and draft picks on the offensive side of the ball, including the offensive coordinator.
I'd be willing to bet that as defense-heavy as our draft was last season, this draft will be as offense-heavy.
Unfortunately we need more draft picks.
I am also disappointed at our receiver play. After watching Pitt and NE yesterday I am convinced that our receivers should be making more plays. Over and over I saw Roth and Brady throw passes that were not spot on and the receiver made very good if not great catches one after another. We have receivers who get both hands on the ball and then drop it.
Which receivers have you been watching all season. Bess has transformed in to one of the top slot receivers in football in part because he catches virtually everything (along with running outstanding routes). Marshall has NEVER had a dropsies problem. Hartline too has been clutch. All year. Henne doesn't have multiple 300 yard games this season because our receivers have a drop problem.
Which receivers have been dropping balls all season?
Yesterday they had a bad day, but then again SO DID EVERYONE ON OFFENSE ON BOTH TEAMS. Did you not see the conditions? Did you not see Holmes drop a sure catch in the end zone? Did you not see Jets receivers dropping passes all day too? Sanchez was a dismal 17/44 (which is every bit as bad as Henne's 5/18).
Most people on this board need some perspective about our team, because you'd think we were replaying 2007 all over again. People make things up. "Conveniently" ignore major problems in order to beat up on our favorite whipping boys (Henne and Henning). Most people here are simultaneously seeing that which isn't there, and overemphasizing what is. Even when we win, according to our fans' reactions, we lose.
It's a sad state really.
The bottom line is that if you expected more than a ~.500 season, it has been you that is the problem all along.