First off I want to appoligise for what I suspect will be a longer post than my usuall 2-4 lines. One of the things that were confirmed IMO at the press conference after the last Titanics game by both Kubiak and Carr is that what we seeing for an offense style is exactly what they have planned it to be. By that I don't mean bad, but rather the dink & dunk that we have all come to like and love so much. So for this tirade I will use PLAN as the emphasizing word. Kubiak was asked about the fact that we don't throw longer passes and his reply was pretty much that it was because the protection wouldn't hold up long enough, so hence they have a PLAN to throw dink and dunk because of it. Carr was asked would he want to throw long and he replied IIRC "Absolutly, but that isn't the game PLAN". So what we have is a game plan that is all about dink and dunk because of the O-line not being a capable group. Oline formation - If you look at other teams line splits they have a much wider spacing on the O-line than we do. I think it was Vinny, but might have been Coach Dent, but any way one of the guys that actually know what they are talking about, said we did that because if we have guys that aren't very good and if we want to protect better, then place them closere together. That way they don't have to be as good as others and still present some sort of a protective wall. That seems like a good idea and sort of worked however, it has had another consequence in that by doing it, you automatically make smaller running holes for the RBs as folks are packed together. Another consequense in the passing game is that the throwing lanes are small to non-exsistant because all the defensive linemen are all together and when the throw up their hands it makes for what has to look like an 8 ft tall wall with no holes. Stand about 3 feet from one of the 8ft walls in your house and imagine how you might try and trow over it. I think it started in the first J-Vill game, but it looks like the Defensive Coordinators book on the Texans is that, if by 1.5 seconds to 2 seconds you haven't reach the QB, start jumping in the air, as they are all buched together with few throwing lanes, that makes for the 8 ft wall thing. We all know that by 2 seconds they are right on top of Carr and that's why I suggested the 3 foot thing. Now, if you look at what other teams are doing with the wider splits, when the pass rush starts the defenders are much more spread out as they come in and there are lanes to throw through. IMO, it is this lack of throwing lanes, due to the close packed line protection scheme that is resulting in more balls getting batted down. So, what are we left with: 1. A scheme and game PLAN based on a lack of quality O-line play that is extremily stilted. I hear some calling for Carr to check into a long ball play. What makes you think there are any long ball plays in the PLAN to check to? I highly doubt that there are any in the PLAN that is based on dink and dunk due to poor line play. Why would there be, if you can't protect in the first place. What we are seeingis EXACTLY what the game PLAN calls for. I don't like it, but I understand why. This plan has to be very frustrating to the QB, WR and vertually everyone, but it is what we are stuck with until we have a line that can protect and operate at an NFL level. Sorry again for the long post. Actually had a couple of other thoughts, but this is starting to be War & Peace length.