Originally posted by Shaj:
It takes more than 1.5 seconds to wait for a receiver to be absolutely, positively open with no chance of an INT.
Not if the receivers and the QB have had enough time together to fully understand the interworking relationship between the two. However, there is no such thing as NO chance of an INT. There is always that chance for a variety of reasons.
The key point here is that Brees and the entire NO offense has been together for years. There are multiple players playing at Pro Bowl levels in that offense. The receivers are second only to Green Bay in terms of depth and quality.
A key component of that quality is the SIZE of their receivers. Excluding Lance Moore (unavailable due to injury), their WRs average
6'2". TEs are 6'5" and 6'6". The NO front office has shown excellent insight into the impact of the new rules against hitting a defenseless receiver. With receivers no longer having to worry about getting smacked in the ribs while fully extended for the ball, they have drafted tall receivers that can go up above DBs who average 6' or shorter. This gives Brees a big advantage in terms of trust. They are playing the game above the heads of the DBs in many cases. A receiver does not have to have horizontal separation to be open if they have a 12" reach advantage over the DB. The NO receivers are the future of the passing game in the NFL. While there will always be a certain spot for a Kyle Williams, his lack of height will always work against him and the QB.
Lots of things to consider in evaluation of why a QB can get the ball out quickly.