We will see what kinda coach he is this year haha goin from the easiest schedule last year to the hardest one this yearThey had one of the easiest schedules because it was based on the 2011 season. The season when the NFC West was a joke, but last season they were laddered like a normal division. Great team in SF, good team in Seattle, St. Louis was average, and the Cards were bad, but still a lot tougher than the schedule let on. Not to mention we played the Redskins, who went from worst to first. The Colts went from #1 pick to the playoffs. The only team we played this season that got worse from 2011 to 2012 is the Lions and maybe the Jags.
Personally I think strength of schedule gets a little iffy for a true picture as has each divison plays different divisions and certain teams are much, much better at home then on the road so really depends on the draw...it's more about match ups IMO. I think last years schedule outside of our division was probably the best match up we could have had for how the Vikings are built......If you look at the teams we played they weren't top end passing teams as some like to call them which we have had struggles with in the past and alot of rookie QB's too.
As far as match ups go...we match up alot better against the NFC west then we do against the NFC east ...we are going to have to put up alot more points against the Cowboys, Giants, Eagles and the Skins and than the west teams...We also played the 49ers pre Kaepernic too. Same goes for the AFC south and the AFC north......Luck was a rookie, Gabbert..second year and struggling, Locker and then Schaub......Now we get Flacco, Ben, Dalton which all have solid recieving weapons too and a Browns team that is improving. So again the match ups on the defensive side of things for us will be alot tougher and we will need to put up alot more points than last year. Add in the Steelers being over seas for one of our home games and playing in probably the toughest place to play in Seattle for an away game and I think it's going to alot tougher.
This is one of the reason I'm glad Frazier was just given a 1 year extention......I don't think Ponder can have another season like this years and the team expect to win anywhere close to 10 games even with AD. Hopefully we add a few deep threats and Ponder plays lights out but, if he doesn't I want to see what plan and how Frazier handles things.
I'm not sure how Frazier gets screwed over. He gets 2 more years to prove that he can coach (unless everything blows up again) and if he can he will get another extension.