Originally Posted by burro
Kubiak needs to take the harness off of TJ once and for all and see what we have at QB going into the playoffs. When you're this deep into the depth chart and heading into the playoffs, every game is another chance for the team to gel. I think it would be a disservice to TJ and therefore the team to not play this game to win. You can rest Andre to be safe, but there is no way you don't give Yates and, perhaps more importantly, Caldwell the full speed reps they need.
Furthermore, I don't like losing to Tennessee. It's a division rival and beating them is always good for morale, which is something we'll need a lot of if we want to do well in the playoffs.
resting AJ but taking the harness off of Yates? That's not going to yield good results. We either need to go all in for at least a half or don't go at all.
People make the mistake thinking that having yates put the ball up a gazillion times in a meaningless game is going to make him better & that's not necessarily true...especially If we were to do as you say & sit AJ b/c TJ's likely not going to play well & thereby might lose confidence. the 2nd thing is the more times he drops back, the more times he can potentially be hit.
Lastly, you don't get good passing the ball in the NFL overnight. It usually takes a few years - complete years with offseason work & preseason snaps. So him throwing 40-50 times in 1 game against a garbage defense isn't going to make him immeasurablly better overnight for the playoffs...it just doesn't happen like that.
the team honestly will probably learn more from a playoff loss rather than a win b/c they'll get a chance to see how much more intense the game becomes & how much more you have to elevate your game to become contenders year in/out in this league.
Our formula for this year has been set due to the injuries we've sustained. Play tough defense & run the ball effectively & only count on TJ to make just enough plays to keep the defense honest.