Originally Posted by 76Texan
When you subscribe to NFL Rewind, you get all the games from last year, too.
With the all-22 view and one end zone view on top of the normal broadcast view.
And I've seen Walter get open a pretty fair number of time but the QB didn't look his way (he was not the first read). Sometimes the first read was not open but the QBs forced the ball there while Walter was open. To be fair, sometimes the QBs didn't have enough time to go to the second read.
Yes, Walter did run his good shares of deep routes that pull the safety over such that the QB would go to the underneath receiver.
And yes, Walter was used to block a lot.
Even on passing plays, many times they called on him to block the back side DE or OLB on play action fake.
After he threw the cut block he would get up and started his route.
By then, the QB already found a target.
I remember for sure though, that one year (not last year), I had seen Walter got a catch out of that situation.
Walter is not going anywhere until another guy shows he can do all those things.
Great post, man, and BINGO on your last point.
Kevin Walter's value to this team does not show up on a stat sheet. Fantasy football and Madden are influencing fans in ways that appear to be less than positive, especially when stat sheets become the be all/end all of "insight" and knowledge.
Kubiak is widely considered to be one of the best offensive minds in the game right now.
But, according to many here, they could do a much better job.
However, the simple fact is that they do not understand the fundamentals of his offense. He does not have a "shark's mouth" offense where the #2 WR moves up if #1 goes down. It's not that simple.
Originally Posted by Dutchrudder
^ That's all well and good, but if he's so great, then why did they ask him to cut his salary in half from 3 million to 1.5 this year? Apparently he didn't think he could get more elsewhere, or maybe winning and being a Texan are more important to him. In any case, I don't think Rick is going to ask OD, Manning, Myers, or Antonio to take a paycut without an extension.
[piggybacking your post]
I do not think that salaries are always indicative of value to a team, especially a franchise in cap trouble.
Arian Foster took less money than the market would have offered him. Does that somehow diminish his talent and value to the team?
Perhaps Walter knew that this offense is designed so that a guy with his particular skill set would be #2, while other teams would not utilize him in the same way and he'd be #3 or #4 on another team's roster.
The NFL is not a one size fits all with schemes. What other teams do has little bearing on our team's designed plays.
Gotta' have some faith in Kubiak when it comes to the offense. He's not perfect, but he's damn good enough to deserve some confidence in him.
Originally Posted by The Medic01
I'd much rather have a WR who an score and make plays then a guy who can block.
That is a great idea!! You should send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org
. I'm sure he will respond and force Coach Kubiak to make you his offensive coordinator.
Or, if you don't like the way our offense is desiged, there are 31 other teams to choose from that might play to your preferred style.
BTW, I'm being sarcastic, so no offense (no pun intended). I just find all this armchair coaching to be humorous.
Originally Posted by Fiddler
I get that, & I appreciate that. However, when the #1 goes down, or can't make the game for whatever reason, we need someone to step up. doesn't make sense to me to expect the slot receiver to be that guy, or the unproven rookies.
Again, study Kubiak's offense and how the #2 WR works in it. I doubt we ever have a #2 that just moves to the other side and takes over for #1 when they are out, at least the way Kubiak's offense is designed right now.
I will laugh when Walter finally retires/gets cut and Kubiak finds another WR just like him to fill that #2 spot. Then everyone can wring their hands over that dude. Lather, rinse, repeat.