so the best thing you could say is that he isn't as scared as he was at the beginning. awesome.
Ok so here goes:
1. He completed 68% of his throws under 10 yards
2. Never had a multiple interception game
3. 10% of his throws were over 20 yards, 28% over 10 yards
4. He was sacked 9.59% of his dropbacks, 3rd most in the NFL
5. 7.33% of his throws were dropped, 8th most in the NFL
1. Sam Bradford's 74% completion is better, but 68% is still pretty essential at this level. Yes he did use the checkdown, but for a rookie that is somewhat refreshing. When our running game started to click he managed to extend or create manageable down and distances with these reliable short passes. Not everyone can do this or has the patience to take what the defence is offering.
2. Again with our running game due to blossom next year if DWill is back, then this is absolutely vital we do not have a QB who self destructs. If we adopt a more QB friendly system, then this patience and not forcing the ball so much will pay off as our system wil do a lot for the QB
3. This is only significant when considering my post on page 6
which was made after the Arizona game in week 15. People were screaming at him for not progressing, with his lack of confidence in the deep ball being the main culprit. Whilst it's only around Matt Staford's levels, the change in just 3 games is pretty significant and shows that he is trying to be more progressive with his passing.
4. No matter how good you are, you can't do well unless you are upright, which he was amongst the most sacked in the NFL. Again people moaned at him being afraid of taking a hit and not standing in the pocket. Well against Atlanta he was 12/17 for 103 yards, 1 TD & 1 sack when he was blitzed. That IS progression.
5. Much was made of his rookie receivers, but across the offense our receivers dropped a lot of balls. Does not matter how well they are thrown, because if people can't catch, it often leaves you in unmanagable situations in down and distance.
Edited by Urrymonster, 05 January 2011 - 11:41 AM.