Originally posted by BrianGO:Originally posted by WillistheWall:
Interesting. It's amazing how much more the field is spread when you have a QB who can throw the ball, and that that doesn't mean we ran a different offense.
Fine, it wasn't a "spread" offense.
But we did THROW the football a higher percentage of the time.
Smith, and even Hill, always seem to march down the field and score points, when we throw the ball a lot.
It seems to get our quarterback and O-line into a rhythm.
Smith came from a passing offense in college. Shotgun, spread, whatever, it doesn't matter as much.
But constantly throwing the football gets the quarterback into a rhythm, gives big chunks of yards, and just as importantly, get the defense to back up from the line of scrimmage so we can finally have an effective running game again.
Despite all of this being said and known for years, I will not be surprised at all if we start off the Colts game by running running running.
Then, people will post about how Smith still sucks etc.
If we had coach Erickson, running our offense, we would have a far more effective offense.
People were really low on him, but the poor guy had ZERO talent to work with at the time.
Now, the only time we pass the ball a lot is when we are down and NEED to score points.
It is truly unbelievable.
I don't disagree with the bold that it got the OL and the QB in a rythm. It did. But Hill dropped back to pass 13 times(11 attempts+2 sacks) in the first half and came away with 45 yards. That's not very good. The main reason Smith dropped back so many times is because we got behind by so much. I think we need to pass more, I agree with you there, but I don't agree that Shaun could've done the same thing, he couldn't make most of those throws or move around in the pocket as well as Alex. And Erickson is the guy who couldn't make Garcia, TO, Hearst, etc. work anymore. He had some talent. But that's a story for another day. Then he and Doneahoe decided to blow up the team, so it's his own fault he didn't have talent.