Originally Posted by Mr teX
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.
He & 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.
It isn't about good stats or even TJ looking stellar, per se. It's about opening up the playbook for TJ and letting him settle into his role, at least for our playoff run, as the leader on the field. There is evidence that there is a lack of cohesiveness with the offense that needs to be resolved before the post-season. The results are going to be worse in the long run if we send TJ into the playoffs feeling like Kubiak and, by proxy, the team has no faith in him. I wouldn't care if he only threw the ball 15 times so long as the game plan places some sort of confidence in his ability to lead the team.