Originally posted by WestCoastNut:
I'm with you. Alex has to be able to run the rhythm short passing game so he can do shock and awe with his long ball. Shaun had better have at least a solid medium range ball or opposing D's will soon be in his face before he can do the short passing routine.
In today's 11-on-11 work during the team's two practices, Hill completed 16 of 20 passes, while Smith connected on 14 of his 18 attempts. Smith had an interception when blitzing defensive back Marcus Hudson got his hands on a pass at the line of scrimmage and outside linebacker Jay Moore gathered it in. After that interception, Smith completed his final 10 pass attempts of the day.
Shaun Hill again ran the first-team offense in the afternoon. The team mostly concentrated on passes of 10 yards or less and quick outs to the tight ends and running backs. As a result, the completion percentage was high, the yardage generally low. Hill completed all but four of his attempts. Smith's first pass in team sessions was batted in the air and intercepted by Moore. Smith did not throw an incompletion from that point forth, although most were short tosses. He did complete a 20 yarder to Jason Hill.
What that says to me is consistency with the shorter throws. I like it. They're really working on stuff it seems like. Sticking with the short game for a bit to get some consistency and confidence.