Originally Posted by IDEXAN
Sure they threw the ball down field some, but if I'm not mistaken Kubiak's WCO emphasized more of an intermediate passing game with boots and passes in the flat, a more horizontal area that featured the tailback and TEs more than a lot of the deeper patters like posts and fly routes that would take the most advantage of a QB with a big gun, and Flacco does indeed have a big-time arm that somebody like Schaub could only dream about.
Actually, it was SCHAUB that emphasized that.
Kubiak's offense normally had route combinations that worked short/intermediate/long and it was up to the QB to read which one was open and get it to the right guy. He didn't start dialing up long passes when Keenum was in there... Keenum had the same choice of routes, he just chose to go for the deep guy. And Kubiak didn't stop dialing up the long routes for Schaub; Schaub STOPPED going to the intermediate and long routes and started looking for the short routes more and more... that's why I thought Schaub looked broken. When he stopped challenging teams deep, they started sitting on those short routes. His job was to make them pay deep (because those routes were open) and he didn't do it.
To be able to get to those long routes, you need to have time for them to develop and you've also got to trust your arm. Keenum's problem was that he didn't read the blitzes and he didn't shift the protections or account for the unblocked rushers. So he started off being able to hit the deep balls but then as teams changed what they were doing, he started getting sacked more and more.
Flacco will have plenty of opportunities to stretch the field. And if Ray Rice can acclimate and the running game/boot game get going, Flacco's going to have some time to sit back and really hum some long ones.
My only thing about Flacco is his decision making. He could do really well in this offense but he's got to study and he's got to read the defense.