OK. If that's your conclusion from your "what if" scenario, that's fine. I'm just assuming that the actual plays the edge guy made mattered, and I have less ability to judge the Os performance when JG would have had to throw passes in the situations he didn't have to.
And I never said JG didn't matter. I said that Lucks retirement was not relevant to the discussion about the rosters and the actual performance, especially the SF half of the discussion.
I think there is simply an assumption that we'd be in the playoffs.
Personally, I think both TEN and HOU were probably better this year than last year, and I don't see the addition of Rock and Ben and Parris being all that significant when measuring the Colts potential performance with Luck compared to last year with Luck. But that's all alternative.
I thought so too until I watched them the last two weeks. Their offense is 4th in the league in total yds. and scoring. Last year their D was worse than Indy. Bosa changed that around.
Look at the last 4 games in the regular season. The offense carried them the last month just like they did Sunday.
The Colts main issue is that their top tier QB retired and left them with a back up caliber QB.
SF main issue last year is that their top 3rd QB was out for the season and they didn't have Nick Bosa.
Give us Bosa and Garappolo. Good chance we are playing next Sunday IMO. THem with JB. They don't make the playoffs IMO>