Not really. I am saying Clausen needs to use the middle of the field. period. OL, Davidson, rookie....non of those are reasons for him not doing such. Moore was brought up here to show what Davidson is doing w/ Steve Smith this season. Smitty made those plays for Moore. He can do it for Clausen. Those are the routes Smitty is now running in Carolina.
what is the biggest noncoach issue then?
Biggest noncoach issue?
IMO, Lack of experience. AND Jimmay isn't the only one I'm talking about. He is looking for WRs to be as open as he had in school. That doesn't happen in the NFL. That is why he doesn't throw in the middle as much as the guy with 2 more years experience, he simply doesn't see the reciever as open. It'll come with time. Remember, he didn't get work with the starters like other rookies and his reps have not been consistent, with Moore coming back for a few weeks after the break, then his own concusion etc.
The O-line has also lacked experience working together. The right side hasn't settled in all year. Other changes throughout the year didn't help them get on the same page, but we seem to be getting into a rhythm now especially in the running game. In passing situations, teams seem to be doubling Smitty, and blitzing. The O-line isn't being too successful at picking that up and the other WR (more rookies) aren't adjusting their routes.
I look at this year as similar to the '89 Cowboys. We have some talent in quite a few spots. We just have a few holes to fill. Unlike the Cowboys, we don't have a Hershel Walker type trade that we can make, not with an RB anyway. I know Clausen will never put up Brees, Manning, or Brady type numbers, but can he put up Aikman typr numbers? I think he can, and that gives us the #1 pick up for bid.