there's this annoying new school mindset (i refuse to believe that gucci mane was older than 12 in 2003) that any quarterback who doesn't complete 65%-plus of his passes with like single digit INTs is a "game manager".
trent dilfer and brad johnson were game managers, okay? their job was essentially to possess the ball, get in to field goal range, punch it in if possible, and not put their defense in an unfavorable position.
e: that's not to say that elite quarterbacks can't or aren't asked to manage the game in certain situations, of course, because they are.
yep. game managers job is to protect the ball...that means keep it on the ground as much as possible and throw short safe high percentage passes to open players with as little risk of losing the ball as possible.
we ran a lot, but we also threw a lot as well and i don't know many who didn't hold their breath just about every time jake cocked back that arm to throw cause you never knew what was going to happen. sometimes it would result in amazing catches that launch us downfield and other times it would get picked off...and each had about an equal chance of happening.
when it was crunch time in the 4th, tho, is when jake worked his magic. he was able to pull out some very tough wins mainly because of his gunslinger/gambling mindset.
one thing is for sure, he didn't play it safe. in '09 is when they tried turning him into a game manager and it failed miserably. they made him think about what he was doing and it screwed him up almost as much as having his elbow explode. he couldn't just react anymore. they tried backing off the coaching, but it was way too late. truthfully, tho, after tommy joe attacked him they should have been actively looking for his replacement.