Originally Posted by Fiddler
I like to defend Kubiak when I can, but on this one... can't do it. Rookie QB to rookie WR on 3rd & 23...
If Kubiak can't trust Schaub & Aj in that situation, we've got a problem. At the very least, he should trust Matt to throw it away & punt. Gaining 3 yards on a bull$cht draw isn't going to get you a better punt. Sometimes it makes sense. If you're backed in to your own endzone, it makes sense. But he does that, sometimes) on our own 30 yard line.
It's true that we don't pass often on third and 15 (or longer); we passed only 8 times, with just one deep attempt.
It was a completion for 16 yards to AJ (and a first down) on third and 15, in the first Colts game (0:22 left in the third, from our 26).
From ProFootball Referecence.com Play Finder:
The Pats did attempt more passes, 14 out of 17 occasions; however, only one of them was a deep attempt, same as us, and it was incompleted.
That was in the fourth quarter of their first game against the Jets, with 4:37 left in the game, on third and 16. Welker was well covered along the left side line, Brady threw it long, with no chance for anybody to get to the ball.
Brady was sacked twice, which only made matter worse for them.
The only conversion was on a run by Woodhead for 19 yards, on third and 17.