Originally posted by pete98146:
I'm play devils advocate but we aren't much different than last years team because we are experiencing many of the same problems as before.
1. Inconsistant offensive line play. Alex is still under pressure most of his throws.
2. No big play WR. Randy Moss was brought in to stretch the field vertically. Let's face it, this hasn't happened. We are left with left with three bigger possession receivers who often struggle to get the separation needed to make Alex feel comfortable....although Crabs has looked faster this year. Thank god we have Vernon.
3. Despite Alex working on his mechanics and footwork, he still struggles to make the second and third reads, buckles under pressure and misses receivers usually throwing too high.
4. Same ultra conservative game plan on offense. We can only go to the well so many times. Example: After we had the ball on the 11 yard line following Kyle Williams KO return we ran three PUTRID plays. Problem is that we were behind and needed a TD. Instead throw the ball into the endzone 3 times and hope for a score. Afterall, weren't we practicing Red Zone plays all offseason? I'm still scratching my head on that series of plays.
Left unchanged can we still win a boatload of games? Sure because of our defense. But at some point these things NEED to be addressed.
Very nice post.
I like your second point, in particular. AGAIN! our receivers, just aren't running after the catch. That's inexcusable given our run (or should-be) run heavy offense. At least VD is breaking tackles this year.
As for the conservative playcalling, I do know one thing: I want to slow the game down and give the O-line a chance to use it's bulk. We have abundant weapons for third down throws. I'm not so sure about this pass happy stuff.