Originally posted by JiksJuicy:
Keys to the loss
1) poor first and third quarter offense
2) McGraths Fumble
3) dropped passes
I think Alex played "ok" but not well enough to win this game. I just don't see why he doesn't go downfield more. All but his overthrow to McGrath, were pretty good passes. He hit Avery on a spectacular pass to the back shoulder(drop), he hit Avery in stride on another but the defense was just a bit better. He hit Bowe perfectly in stride for a drop. And he made some other really nice throws through out.
IMO he can make every throw in the book. Not sure why he plays so conservative most of the time when he can make these passes.
I think their idea is to take the importance of a conversion over a deep pass. Unless the deep pass is totally there for the taking, Smith/Reid will take the higher percentage short to medium pass to make the conversion. We are talking about at most 10yards, unless there are penalty yards added. String those conversion together into scoring drive is the main purpose. The rest is secondary-- if it's there take it but don't force it.
There are drawbacks to this. As an example, last night --the Chiefs were 3 scores down. They strung together a nice scoring drive to make it 17-27, but it took too long. By the time they finished there was a little over 4minutes left. They are not a quick strike offense.
Even Manning on the other side took some shots down field, but he didn't connect on most of them. That took away a higher percentage pass that they could have tried to make for a conversion for the first. The widow for the deep passes were there for Manning but the passes were just a bit off, or the receiver just a step short. So it maybe there but low percentage for a connection.
I don't think the idea is Smith alone. It comes from Reid himself. In one of the preseason games, Smith took a deep pass down the sideline that didn't connect. He got a talk to by Reid immediately on the sideline, because it was easily converted down had Smith took a pass underneath. I think if they go deep, they would scheme for it. I don't think Smith has the reign to take a deep pass based on something he sees pre snap. I think it would be almost secondary to the play that is called on his drop back if he sees it.