Originally Posted by dalemurphy
We threw the ball 55 times on Sunday! In 2009, we had no running game. We have one now. Balanced is good. We can beat Chicago in a rainstorm. Or, we can score 43 points when our defense has an off day by throwing the ball all over the yard. Realize the more times Schaub drops back, the more hits he will take.... not to mention that play action pass is our bread and butter, and it is much more effective when the defense believes we will run it.
I'm not saying we have to throw it 50 times, or be anything other than the balanced team that we are. I'm saying on 3rd & whatever, I want to see Matt play like he did Sunday, with the attitude that we have to pick up that third down, I want him to start every drive thinking we will score & anything less is failure.
Just like he did Sunday, doesn't mean that he has to force anything or be any less cautious. It just means not settling or putting the ball in the defense's hands.
I want him to play with that, "We're down by 14" attitude all the time.
To me, it's just like the "effort" some of us don't see in Mario Williams on every down. I'm not seeing that effort from Schaub. I don't want him to play outside himself, I just want him to play like he did Sunday, like he did in 2009. It was another level type of playing, it was a competitive, winning, leader-type level.
Arian is going to give us 110% every play. So is Duane Brown. I've said it before & I'll say it again, to me, Matt gives up on plays too early. If we weren't down by 14, he'd have settled for a field goal, or a punt.
We don't run the score up on other teams, I think, because of that. Not because Gary gets conservative. But because our field general says, "Ah... let the night crew handle it."