I think without doubt this is the year that a real decision will be made on our QB for the future. If Ponder crashed and I think he will, Cassell will be plugged in and take us to the seasons end in the dome.
Next year we play outside in a smaller place and will have a high draft QB at the helm. As a team we can't afford to spend another year in the QB doldrums.
That being said next year is also a time when we will probably lose JA and Kwill who will need to be replaced. Tough times ahead for the FO getting next years draft right
A lot of the reason why we face a lot of 3rd and shorts is because of the running game and short passes. Penalties are what kill us. Also note, that we are more apt to pass then run on 3rd and short even with AD.
Regardless of what AD ended up with, the point that Ponder recorded a pathetic 6.1 ypa pretty much stands on its own.
I would guess that other great RB back performances shared a number of equally sub-par passing performances. Their W-L record is probably better to look at to determine if this combo is destined for failure. In Buffalo's case they had similar results with a 9-5 record that year.