Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
The route running has been my third biggest knock on him after his hands and his fumbling.
Our offense has a lot of timing throws where the QB has to let the ball go before the receiver gets to his spot. So the QB is just throwing to the spot. Jacoby got open but the problem was that he wasn't always getting to his spot. That's why so many more balls looked like they were underthrown or overthrown to him than to anyone else.
Timing throw doesn't mean you're throwing to spots.
What it means is that you are throwing within a certain rythm. As a QB you still have to see the field and throw a catchable ball to the receiver.
Think about what you're saying. There are a few things that can affect a WR's route...Getting jamed, someone dropping in a zone right into their path, tripping, ect...
This stuff can happen on any play. This isn't practice where you're running routes on air and just doing exactly what you want to. There are going to be some hiccups and delays. That's just football. You cannot expect a receiver to be in the exact same spot everytime the run a route. That's just not going to happen. Sometimes they will be a little deeper, a little slower, a little faster, a little more shallow...That stuff happens all the time...
The QB is not out there just throwing to spots and that is a huge misconception. That's not what a timing throw is. Timing throw just mean when you hit the end of your drop (3 step, 5, 7; whatever) the ball is expected to be coming out. That's all that means. You still have to see your target and throw a catchable ball.
All that said, I had mentioned that Jacoby didn't do the QB many favors by not consistently attacking the ball.
It made the QB look bad. You've got this WR sitting there wide open and the ball falls to his feet or sails over his head.
At least, that's the way it looked to me. Matt was never as inaccurate with any other receiver as he was throwing to Jacoby.
That was on Matt. I disagree that he mostly did that to Jacoby. Go back and look at some of the games. He was doing that more often than usual. I can remember a few throws just off hand that he threw in the dirt to Andre and OD. He was making poor throws to everyone on occasion. Matt was having a good year because he was making more big plays. His completion percentage was the lowest that it's been since he's been a Texan. As a matter of fact the only years that his completion percentage was lower was his first two years in the league.
Matt wasn't all that accurate last year, but he and the team were just exploding for bigger plays.