Originally Posted by thunderkyss
Maybe I should have said Detroit, or Oakland, or Arizona each team showing promise one year, with a dynamic new QB and/or new head coach only to fall back to their norm.
Few teams manage to perform at a high level year in & year out. With two solid years behind us hopefully the Texans will be & continue to be one of the few.
Oakland hasn't had a winning record since 2002...
The thing about Seattle is, you have to look at the whole team. With Detroit, Stafford threw for over 5K in 2011, but their defense was bad. In 2012, again their defense was bad and solely relied on passing, much like they did in 2011. Well, it wasn't gonna work two years in a row, Stafford isn't that good. So they fell back quite a ways, mainly due to that, although they lost a number of very close games.
But Seattle has had a good defense since 2010, just no QB. In 2011 they went 8-8 with freakin' Tavaris Jackson. All they needed was a quarterback and they got one in Wilson and they went 11-5. Wilson is for real, so as long as they maintain the D, they'll post good records.
And just the opposite can happen, take the Jets. Fantastic D, great running game got them to the AFCCG two years in a row, with a subpar QB. Both of those went away in 2011, they went 8-8, and then in 2012 (deteriorated further) and they bottomed out at 6-10.
The Chiefs can be referenced, too. They have a good team there, but Cassel was just bad. 2010 went 10-6 with great D and running game, and a gutsy coach. 2011 QB play diminished, D suffered, went 6-10. Further into the QB abyss in 2012, along with injuries, and they go 2-14. The patterns are all there.