What this explosion told me, however, was just how much better our talent is out wide this year. Like it's not close when compared to last season. Think about it. We saw Schroeder. We know what he can (and can't do). So why, now, is he able to put up 321 yards on just 17 completions? I mean his balls look the same. So does his propensity for holding onto the ball a little too long. And yet he was super productive.
This to me, then, speaks to a larger change in the culture at wideout. Although the two of the three leaders were returning guys who were here last year (Gant and Harding), the addition of Keith Kirkwood and Haynes in particular, has helped open up the field in a way that it was not last season. Now, they are actually open, and stretching the D (where before they were blanketed and stymied.) This has been the case all season, just that there was never anyone good enough back there throwing passes for it to be reflected in the stat sheet. Hopefully we can build on this progress moving forward.