It's not VD...he's open but the windows are smaller b/c defenses are making a concerted effort to blanket him. That said, The Giants tried to do it in the NFCCG and he still caught 2 TD's. The biggest issues is that we run an Anti-WCO
. More often than not in the WCO the QB is to look deeper to the #1 and #2 options and then come back to the TE for intermediate passes (think Brent Jones finding the soft spots) and then check down to the RB's if nobody else is open. We couldn't be more opposite.
We often times keep both VD and Gore in to block and rarely flare them out. If VD is in the pass play he's designed to be a decoy often (ala Moss all year). On the rare occasion he is the primary target, the play designs and routes seem weak and unimaginative and easy to defend (remember fly sweeps and wheel routes and throw-backs?). And that's not going to suddenly change under HaRoman unfortunately.
When you have a premier weapon like VD and Crabtree
(now), you must get creative and get them balls early and often no matter what the defense does (see Bears game) and loosen up that defense and help your best receivers and QB get into a rhythm. I can't think of a better example of how Fisher moved Amendola (first game back after a busted up collar bone) all over the field to get him the ball and as a result, this micro-receiver with one arm absolutely torched our defense.
With VD and the Q formations, you can line VD up in the backfield, on the edges as a WR, run screens, deep routes, crossing routes, wheel routes, reverses, fly-sweeps, find soft zones, out of a jumbo packages, on throw-backs, etc. If you can't get VD the ball, there is something fundamentally wrong. No way an elite talent like that goes hidden for 1/2 the year on a quality team. Period.
[ Edited by NCommand on Jan 8, 2013 at 9:01 AM ]