The start initially was really frustrating to watch, but not unexpected at some point this season. It was really tough because it hadn't started raining yet and he was missing open targets high, at least 4 times. A couple of them were throws he was making the first 2 weeks that are on a Tom Brady-accurate level (fitting it in the window between the CB and the safety over the top on the sideline). Those throws require pinpoint accuracy, and they just weren't happening today as they did in the first 2 weeks. Again, he is a rookie and those days will happen from time to time.
Then the other misses were of the "wide-open-all-you-have-to-do-is-get-it-to-them" variety. Such as the miss to Legadu over the middle... That would've been a guaranteed 30+ yard gain and possible TD and he completely missed him high and didn't lead him at all.
That was all in the first quarter... So I was hoping he would settle down and get in a rhythm in the 2nd. Then, the monsoon happened. So he never really got a chance to get in a rhythm until the rain stopped in the 4th quarter.
So, it wasn't horrible, it was just one of those days. We will definitely see less and less of these as his career progresses. And what matters is he played his best when it counted. The rain coming in definitely limited us and him for about 2 and a half quarters worth of the game, so his numbers likely would've been much better had we gotten those in better playing conditions.
Regardless, he'll be better next week. I've heard many of the great QBs when analyzing other QBs talk about on off nights how it feels or appears as if their accuracy suffers because they're trying too hard to "guide" a ball into a spot, rather than just throw it and put it there. It feels to me like Cam was doing that today.
He was thinking too much and it gets to you mechanically. And I think this was a result of the media love-fest for the most part over the last week and then knowing the implications of this game against a guy who could've also been the #1 pick. He wanted to show out instead of just playing like he did the first 2 weeks.
I expect more awesomeness next week. A lot less attention and pressure and a better opponent (as I suspect that Cam being a guy that shows up when the lights go on may also be a guy that plays up or down to his competition as a rookie).
Also, don't know how many of you saw the historic rookie vs. rookie #1 QB showdowns of recent years that ESPN was showing leading up to our game this week, but from what I saw in those games, most of them had average games against one another, much like we saw today... Even the great ones. I really think it's a mental thing.
Edited by Proudiddy, 26 September 2011 - 01:41 AM.