This Throw Shows What Cam Can Become With Consistency
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:37 PM
Against the Chiefs, we faced a 3rd and 11. Cam throws an out route to Smith that is so dead on the money the underneath defender can do nothing but helplessly watch it go by.
This throw has everything you can ask for from a quarterback:
- The Chiefs, expecting a target to Smith, bracket him in over-under coverage. For the vast majority of quarterbacks this would take the receiver out of the play
- Cam takes the snap and keeps his eyes in the middle of the field, trained away from Smith.
- Smith avoids the attempted press by feinting an inside release and then streaking downfield, which allows him to flash open
- When Cam sees Steve flash open he sets his feet, steps into the throw, and unleashes a streaking spiral that completely defeats the Chiefs schematic attempt to take away Smith. It cannot be stressed enough how much of an advantage it is to have a quarterback that can beat defenses that are directly engineered to stop the very play the quarterback was successful on. Much of our history with Delhomme was hindered by the fact that, if teams schemed to take Smith away, Jake didn't have the arm talent to beat them. Cam does.
- The ball placement is perfect. Absolutely perfect. Neither defender has the tiniest chance at the ball, and it hits Smith square in the chest with just enough room to spare to keep him inbounds before he steps out.
Here's a clip from the coaches film showing that throw in its full glory.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:43 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:44 PM
He has made some sick passes in his 2 years that I'm not sure some of the best could make. Obviously he has been off on some that he should make though. That happens to every QB though. Especially one has young as Cam.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:47 PM
His off balance on the run TD pass to Smitty during the Raiders game was godly.
Indeed, that was an incredible pass.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:51 PM
Posted 11 January 2013 - 09:54 PM
I actually prefer the throw against the raiders where the play looked dead but he threw it while running and hit smitty in the back part of the end zone. Smith didn't even look until the end and he just turned around that the throw was right there. Specifically where it needed to be. Where only god and Smith had a shot at it. The throw itself was perfect. Just floating through the air with grace and conviction at the same time. It was truly a thing of beauty. Touchdown Panthers.
That TD was a thing of beauty, but I wanted to point out a throw that specifically defeated defensive coverage with no hint of scrambling or extending the play. This throw was a flat out victory over the Chiefs defense.
Posted 11 January 2013 - 10:46 PM
the deep out is the throw in pro football, or the closest you can get at least. being able to smoke those routes is one of the bellwethers that separates the true franchise type quarterbacks from average/decent starters.