Warning: If Cold Hard Football Facts attempts to steal the content of another of my posts, I'm going to to do something about it this time. You get paid to do your job; stop stealing my ideas and ask my permission. Your coincidental articles are getting all-too coincidental. Here's a quick, surprising look at how team's offenses have performed with the gain or loss of a big-time wide receiver. As you recall, some of the major acquisitions this offseason were Marshall, Holmes, Owens and Boldin, who were thought to be the missing pieces to a spectacular offenses. Although this is a small sample size, the results are still pretty amazing. I did not include teams (such as Arizona and Buffalo) where there was a big change at QB. NY Jets Added: Santonio Holmes (79 rec., 1248 yards, 5 TDs in 2009.) Scenario: Holmes was brought in as a talented WR to go alongside Braylon Edwards. It was thought that this coup would make the Jets more multi-dimensional and help stretch the field to help Mark Sanchez. 2009 Offense: 21.8 2010 Offense: 20.6 Result: Although Holmes has made some big plays in clutch situations, it's hard to argue that the Jets are better off now. Sanchez has just a 54.8% completion rate, 6.5 ypa, a 75.3 passer rating, and according to Football Outsiders, leads the league with 13 dropped interceptions. Pittsburgh Steelers Subtracted: Holmes 2009 Offense: 23.0 2010 Offense: 20.8 (-2.2 ppg); with Roethlisberger 23.2 (+ 0.2 ppg) The emergence of Mike Wallace just shows that the Steelers knew what they were doing in trading Holmes. Wallace is as talented as SH but probably won't end up sharing a cell with Plaxico Burress. With Roethlisberger in the lineup, the Steelers are slightly better on offense this year, despite having a really, really bad offensive line. Perhaps they could have done better than a fifth rounder for Holmes, but once again the sky did not fall with the loss of a big name talent at wideout. Miami Dolphins Added: Brandon Marshall (101 receptions, 1120 yards, 10 TDs in '09) 2009 Offense: 23.5 2010 Offense: 17.7 (-5.8 ppg) Result: Yes, you can pin much of this on Chad Henne, but the Dolphins averaged almost 6 more ppg last year with mostly the same offense. You'd think that Marshall would have put them into an elite offensive class, but for whatever reason, their offense is much worse, and their payroll is bogged down with his enormous contract. Denver Broncos Lost: Marshall (traded) 2009 Offense: 20.4 2010 Offense: 21.1 (+0.7 ppg) Result: There's no question that the Broncos are bad this year on both sides of the ball, but again, they are actually averaging more points without Marshall. Brandon Lloyd was elected to the pro bowl and is outperforming BM from an individual standpoint. It's hard to argue that Denver should have extended him for big bucks when they have a guy who can outperform him already. San Diego Chargers Lost (hold-out): Vincent Jackson (68 receptions, 1167 yards, 9 TDs in '09) 2009 Offense: 27.2 2010 Offense: 28.4 (+1.2 ppg) Result: Jackson is an elite WR, but during his holdout, which was nearly the entire season, the Chargers offense didn't miss a beat. In fact, they've put up more points despite not improving much with their running game. You may recall the panic from San Diego, as many fans felt their offense would be average at best without VJ. Jackson was replaced with Malcolm Floyd and it doesn't look like there's much difference. In terms of landing a mega-deal, teams should take note. Baltimore Ravens Added: Anquan Boldin (84 receptions, 1024 yards, 4 TDs in '09) 2009 Offense: 24.4 2010 Offense: 23.9 (-0.4 ppg) This one is a real head-scratcher. By all objective means, the Ravens offense should have added another dimension with Boldin, who has 828 yards. Flacco is having a strong year, but the Ravens are still an average offensive football team despite many playmakers. Most importantly, in big games the offense still gets shut down. New England Patriots Lost: Randy Moss, traded after four games (83 receptions, 1264 yards, 13 TDs in '09) 2009 Offense: 26.7 2010 Offense: 32.0 Randy Moss' Teams 2009 Titans and Vikings: Better than this year 2010 Titans and Vikings: Much worse than this year I think Moss was injured at some point in 2009, as he hasn't had a 100 yard game since mid-way through last year. But even if he were playing at a higher level, one has to wonder if he'd really improve these teams "that much." I think it is clear from the other cases pointed out that the big name wide receiver is overhyped, and this probably has a lot to do with Moss' '07 season. In fairness, these numbers are a little skewed. With Moss, the Patriots were averaging over 32 points per game, but that was against the dregs of the league and also included a bad performance against the Jets. I don't think the Pats would be any worse off with Moss in Tate's role right now, and they'd likely be better, but you can change a guy's attitude. The Patriots are better because of additions, rather than this one subtraction, but few would argue that the offense is playing at a much higher and effective level with #81 gone. Cincinnati Bengals Added: Terrell Owens (55 receptions, 829 yards, 5 TDs with Buffalo*) 2009 Offense: 19.1 2010 Offense: 21.0 (+1.9 ppg) Yes, the Bengals are slightly better this year on offense, but the 2009 version was more effective and turned the ball over less. Owens had a pretty big year before his injury, but is there any question that his circus act with Ochocinco ultimately made them worse? Last week Carson Palmer had his best game in several years when both of the O Brothers couldn't play. Summary: Based on points per game. Jets add Santonio Holmes. Offense scores fewer points. Steelers lose Santonio Holmes. Offense scores more points with Big Ben. Dolphins add Brandon Marshall. Offense scores fewer points. Broncos lose Brandon Marshall. Offense scores more points. Patriots lose Randy Moss. Offense scores more points. Vikings and Titans add Randy Moss. Both teams fall apart. Bengals add Terrell Owens. Offense scores more points, but is less effective. Chargers lose Vincent Jackson for most of season. Offense scores more points. Ravens add Anquan Boldin. Offense scores fewer points. Conclusion: While many Patriots fans felt that Anquan Boldin and Brandon Marshall were good options for the Patriots in '10, their signings may have hindered contracts for more valuable players. The Patriots understood the need to bulk up their passing game and did so with the draft. Next season, with all of their picks and a plethora of talented wideouts, the Pats will have an opportunity to get some real value. While sexy names like Larry Fitzgerald might be on the open market, it's apparent that great receivers don't necessarily make offenses better.