Originally Posted by GP
Well, you wait and watch how much Kubiak will want Schaub to get the ball to Andre Johnson instead of sticking with what works. AJ needs to "get his," but he also needs to catch the ones that are thrown his way. It'll result (maybe) in AJ making some big plays, but it undoubtedly will cause the production numbers for Daniels and Walter to decrease if AJ doesn't do something when the ball's thrown his way. Then, the defense tightens up coverage on Daniels and Walter because AJ is not in a rhythm.
In the past, I have seen us begin to move the ball with a certain set of plays or whatever...only to get "cute" and try to do other stuff, too, which stops the chains from moving and puts the ball into the other team's hands.
I guarantee you, Daniels will see a drop-off in looks AND meaningful action in the weeks to come. It seems like it happens every freaking time he gets on a roll. Owen Daniels is going to figure out, soon, that he can command some big bucks in the free agency market...and probably put up Pro Bowl-worthy seasons elsewhere. He's really, really good.
Oh well, let's see if Kubiak dances with those who brung him...or if it's a session of "let's get cute" with the offense. I'm not saying that we decrease AJ's looks, etc., but Daniels and Walter need to be serious considerations...the sort of consideration that might mean Schaub needs to make one of them, or both of them, higher priorities on his progression(s) during a play.
Have we seen the little "quick pass" bubble-screen out to AJ this season? That's about a 5-10 yard gain almost every time unless the defense is stacked for it.
On your last question about the bubble screen, I doubt we see that this weekend given the Colts' cover-2 penchant. Of course, that didn't stop us from trying to force-feed that pass in the past.
That said, I completely agree that we need to avoid a "get cute" tendency while the rest of the passing is zipping along (hoping, hoping, hoping that Jacksonville is the harbinger of things to come). Most of Schaub's biggest mistakes have come while trying to force the ball into AJ's hands--in fact, by my count, 5 of the 8 picks Matt has thrown in games AJ played were intended for AJ.
AJ and Schaub are just not clicking at the moment. We all hope that changes, but such change needs to happen within the context of our overall gameplan. We are (finally) past the point of having our offense be "get the ball to Andre and hope he scores", so let's not junk what we've got in favor of "get the ball to Andre and hope he gets out of his funk".