With the replay of the game tonight I had a chance to really just focus on the QB play. On each passing play I only watched the QB and timed (with a stop watch) how long it took from snap of the ball to the throw. I also tried to pay particular attention to how the QB appeared to "read" the play, and how quickly he decided where to go with the football. I was a little surprised at how obvious the difference in play was between the QBs when you focused just on the one player this way.
Here is the timing breakdown and some comments on specific plays:
Pass 1: 1.9 seconds -- threw through traffic closing on him
Pass 2: 2.7 sec -- was sacked when Keasey's block collapsed; but Hill did not appear to be readying to throw either.
3: 2.6 sec
4: 1.7 sec (made quick decision to run up open lane)
5: 4.2 sec sacked
1: 5.6 sec -- sacked
2: 2.7 sec
3: 2.3 sec -- appeared decisive on choosing where he wanted to go with the throw
4: 3.0 sec -- play action - play designed to take longer to develop
5: 2.6 sec -- incomplete -- it looked like Smith expected the receiver to be deeper in an opening between the safety and corner on the sideline; BUT, the pass also looked overthrown out of bounds, so even if the receiver was there it may not have been catchable.
6: 2.99 sec -- TD pass to fullback in the flat; throw did not "make it easy" for the fullback; looked like FB had to stop to catch the ball.
7: 2.6 sec -- Screen pass
8: 2.8 sec -- deep out
1: 1.7 sec - went decisively to 1st read
2: 2.3 sec - went to second read (Lawson seemed to make an error and not cover the outside receiver in his zone)
3: 1.6 sec -- quick throw to receiver screen
4: 1.6 sec
5: 2.2 sec
6: 2.3 sec
7: 1.7 sec
8: 1.7 sec
9: 2.3 sec INT
10: 2.1 sec
11: 1.4 sec
12: 2.4 sec
13: 2.7 sec INT
14: 3.1 sec INT
15: 2.4 sec
16: 1.1 sec
17: 4.8 sec
The most obvious difference in play was between Orton and Hill/Smith. Despite his interceptions, Orton was much more decisive in his reads and throws. I know this is a big judgement, but it appeared he made a "pre-snap" read of the defense and knew where he was going to throw the ball as soon as he hit the back of his drop. In the instances where he appeared to shift his body and head before a throw and go to a "second read" it is hard to tell if he was doing that as truly going to a his second read or if his original "look" was "looking off" the coverage from where he intended to go.
This contrasted quite a bit from both Hill and Smith. At the snap of the ball, both Hill and Smith seemed to be searching the field to decide where they were going to throw the ball.
However, without a bias, I must say that with only the limited snaps Hill had to compare, he did appear more decisive. On those throws Hill made under the 2 second mark, he seemed to know exactly where he wanted to go with the throw on the play. In contract, Smith didn't make a single throw under 2 seconds -- although in fairness, on his 2.3 sec and 2.8 sec throws, he did appear to be decisive in where he was going with the ball, those plays just took slightly longer to develop.
[ Edited by HearstFan on Aug 23, 2009 at 10:48 AM ]