I don't disagree at all but its also worth noting that an offense with pretty much the same ingredients was 9th in offensive DVOA last year and 5th in weighted offensive DVOA, seemingly getting better over the course of the season. 6th in points scored too.I generally find much of the criticism of Bill the GM to be misplaced talk radio nonsense, but to me it's obviously the issue here:
The investment has been there on offense. The results have not.
- Isaiah Wynn is the highest-paid and highest-drafted member of the OL. He's been bad, benched, and now injured
- Nelson Agholor has the fifth-highest WR cap hit in football. He vacillates between WR3-5 and is on place to barely clear 500 yards
- They are paying Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith 8 figures a year. They barely run any 2 TE stuff because the combination is so bad. Jonnu is a $12.5 MM / year backup. He played less than 20 snaps last night for the second game in a row and the fourth time this year
- Mac is the highest-drafted player on O and has been one of the worst QBs in football this year
Every year is a new year and all that. But this was an offense last year that, while lacking explosiveness and high end playmakers, was still pretty competent and productive despite having a rookie QB and integrating a lot of new faces into the mix. The mediocrity of the parts has largely been a constant, but the unit has gone from being more than the sum of its parts to substantially less.
What changed in the off-season was Matt Patricia/Joe Judge and all the associated decisions to adjust schemes. BB has to own a big part of that too of course.