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24 Sep 2005
Hey, maybe tall receivers are overrated as downfield threats. Hmmm, where have we heard that before?
Posted by: P. Ryan Wilson on 24 Sep 2005
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26 Sep 2005, 10:42pm by
So far so good - only two weeks in of course...
I keep hearing commentators pointing out that Roethlisberger has a persistent problem with underthrowing deep passes. I wonder how long it's going to take for them to realize that he's doing that intentionally.
It's nice watching the receivers actually catch the deep passes this year, instead of watching them clank off of Plax's cement hands and hear everyone rationalize that he's stretching the defenses just by being on the field.
Cklick on my name for a parallel article in the Trib-Review, with some more detailed stats on this same subject.
Randle El sure didn't have it today. Even beyond having a case of the drops, that stupid lateral's still making my blood boil.
The irony is that Randle-El played in a quasi-option offense at Indiana University (he was the Michael Vick of the Big 10). What he did on that play was routine in Bloomington, not so much in Pittsburgh.
What's funny is, if Ward had caught the lateral, it would have been a touchdown, and everyone would be raving about what a brilliant move RandleEl made, and Ward would soon be digitally replaced by the Burger King. I don't know that the idea was horrible as much as the execution - Ward obviously wasn't looking for it, which is what cause the fumble. He never should have pitched it to someone who wasn't ready, but what if Ward was expecting it?
There's a reason those plays are usually saved for desperation times.
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