Originally posted by tjd808185:
Originally posted by dj43:
No. Those numbers are NOT answered by rule changes. In that same year, Dan Marino averaged 317 yds/game, had 48 TDs 17 INTs, and lost the SB to Joe's paltry WCO team.
Except Marino and Fouts were the exceptions to the rule. The Niners were a top 10 passing team just about every year under Montana. We were not anymore run balanced then the average team.
I think part of that is the scoring efficiency. Playing from a1-2 score ahead of the other team. Where as Marino and Fouts were mostly about their offensive team that tries to outscore the opponents rather than concentrating on playing better defense to go along with their offense. Niners tend to beat them to the punch to go up early in scores, than just methodical ball control passing and running, along with a good defense.
Smith and the Chiefs may not jump out on top early in the game, but they do play ball control passing and running mix. Once they are up 1-2 scores going into the 4th, it's another 9 minutes scoring drive to take total control of the TOP and the game.
Similar WCO style offense that doesn't need to amass 300+ passing yards a game. The purpose is to take scores and TOP away from the other team.