I think that is spot on. They didn't make the playoffs that year, which a lot of people will remember, but they missed at 11-5. And there was a definite "growing at the end" of the season, as if I remember right they won their last three or four.
I think if you offered any NFL team an 11-5 when their starting QB goes down in week one, they would jump all over it.
I think a lot of teams would take that with their starting QB being healthy. 11-5 almost always ensures a playoff birth.