Originally posted by Baldie:
Alex is taught to make the safer throw. The deep ball isn't in Alex's playbook unless its a desperation. But I agree, on that deep ball to Moss you can just see he kicked it in a different gear to catch that ball. I hope Alex see's that and learns from it. Because we don't attempt passes over 30+ yards even just occasionally, defenses don't respect our vertical game. Yeah we brought in deep threats but we don't take advantage of them. Anybody can defend 5-yard outs, especially if its 3rd and 7 and you throw a 5 yard out.
I've read enough, and I pretty much agree with this. I think the issue is more on Roman's play designs, and yes, this thread was labeled poorly.
Roman seems to have a short and primary route... another short or intermediate route, and then perhaps a deep route sprinkled in. The problem is that the short routes always seem to be the primary read... and if open, Alex will hit that 10 x out of 10. If you swap that design to making the deep route your primary? Then you can all but forget about any short routes.. unless your QB gets instant pressure and you have a quick dump-off valve like a RB. After that look at the deep coverage, by the time you locate and hit the short? The target is likely blanketed by coverage.
What Roman can install are more primary deep plays with other routes being intermediate and one route being short (like a dump-valve or a WR/TE drag route that takes a long time to fully emerge.
You can do a lot of different things.. You can have Moss run a slant and go route... or just the go route where Alex looks to the right first and then goes to Moss on the 9 route primary if he sees the FS is not over the top. Have moss run the slant and go and Alex can look left at him.. if he doesn't like the coverage on Moss, then he looks back right to the VD post.. The Crabtree/Rio drag route is always the last option, which can be thrown away out of bounds if all else fails. If the FS goes over the top on Moss, it's hard to believe the LB +/or SS coverage would be good enough on VD's post route. There's always the RB dump-valve if the first two routes don't look right or instant pressure gets in.