Originally Posted by steelbtexan
I noticed on Schaubs int that AJ was running an out and up or 10 route. He rounded off the out part of the route so Cromartie didn't bite and was waiting on Schaub to throw the deep ball. AJ used to be able to go up and make plays even if he was covered. Not so much anymore.
I dont know why AJ is rounding his routes. It could be that his Hamstring/Groin/Knee/ankle injuries have caught up to him. Or it could've been that AJ just had a bad game.
But there's little doubt Gary has changed the way he's using AJ. Gary may be nursing AJ through the season so that he will be healthy for the playoffs. (Hopefully this is the case.)
I'll have to go back and take a look at that. I thought he was running a 12 or a 6.
Other than that, I agree with your post. I think something's wrong with AJ and I'm not sure what. And it's eating away at his confidence.
I think Schaub forces the ball to Andre because he trusts Andre and wants to get him involved. And you never know when Andre's going to make an incredible play on a ball.
I think Gary's using him differently than in the past because of whatever issue he's dealing with.