Data Points: Lackluster offenses in NFC West

Thursday’s Instant Debate delved into the swamp that is the Kevin Kolb situation, or at least one part of it: Destination. To narrow down the possible landing spots, the crew was asked which NFC West team would most benefit from acquiring the Eagles’ backup quarterback.

Two barometers of offensive production are yards per attempt and points per game. The first category ranks how much real estate a passer is picking up every time the ball leaves his hands. None of the four NFC West teams ranked in the top 10 in the league in that category last season, and the division as a whole fared even worse in offensive points per game. The Cardinals (31st), 49ers (25th), Rams (23rd) and Seahawks (26th) all struggled to score points and ranked in the bottom third of the league.

If you combine the two categories, the 49ers were the strongest of the group. That said, there’s no question the Cardinals could use Kolb … or anybody.

– Elliot Harrison

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