Originally Posted by The Pencil Neck
Another thing you have to consider is that whole trust issue.
Schaub has to know that the guy running the route is going to be where he's supposed to be. With OD and AJ (and in the past with KW and Dreessen), he had that trust and he was willing to let the ball go early.
With these younger receivers, he doesn't have that sort of trust, yet. I think he's getting there with Hopkins and maybe Martin (although, there's always the issue of actually catching the ball with Martin.)
As an example, Schaub's first throw of the game was to AJ who ran a 12-15 yd IN route. Schaub let it fly before AJ made his cut inside. The ball got to a spot about 2-3 steps after AJ made his cut. Schaub KNEW AJ would be where he was supposed to be and threw the ball to that spot. That's the kind of connection that only comes with trust and that trust comes with many successful
It's gonna take a little time for Schaub to gain that level of trust with these youngsters. ...and Kubiak has to trust those youngsters to be where they're supposed to be for him to call their number; that too, will take time and successful, in-game reps.