Originally posted by tejada49:
Was at game, and what was apparent compare to Television was how open WR where at times and he would check down right away and seeing WR putting their hands up with frustration. That where the fans including my self where with why Alex was not even looking down field? I get that his gun shy from all those INT's from last week, but man I feel for WR frustration
We need to stop demanding that Smith throw the ball down field. That isn't his strength. There is a very good chance that the throw will not be completed, and then we are at 2nd and 10, and then you start thinking, hmmm, do I want to call a run play - we will probably still be 3rd and 6. Let's call pass again. So you call pass, and he throws another long ball that is incomplete (or throws it away to avoid a sack), and now you are third and 10, and you are forced to pass.
But if Smith does short completions, then you may be at 2nd and 6, and will be inclined to run it. And then you are in third and short, and can choose to run again if you want. But that one long shot play puts you into 2nd and 10 or 3rd and long, and now you are taking the ball out of the hands of your running backs.
Embrace the short passing game. It is what Smith is good at, and it is a perfect compliment to our outstanding running game. We just have to throw deep occasionally to keep the defenses honest. But if we try and do it too much, then we get an ineffective offense like we had for 6 quarters.