Anyone who has watched the All-22 tape can verify how big of a load of poo this is. There were receivers getting deep on their Corners and Shula never made the adjustment to attack it. Cam may have missed the read, but it's also up to Shula to point it out and go after it again. I can't tell you how many times Seattle put 9 in the box with a single high safety and we just ran right into it. That's absolutely asinine....
So if receivers were getting open deep Shula's game plan must have been pretty good, right?
I don't know if you understand how football works, but the OC calls the plays and it's the QB's job to execute them... there are almost always a combination of deep, intermediate and short routes and it's up to the QB to decide who to throw the ball to. Each play has a primary receiver in mind and given the choice I'm sure both Cam and Shula would prefer to throw the ball as deep as possible, but the ultimate decision on where to throw the ball comes down to how the play unfolds.
With this in mind, go back and watch the tape... what kind of situation was Cam in most of the time when those receivers got open deep?
A classic example is the ball he threw to Smitty that Sherman nearly picked off... LaFell got open deep, the only problem is that Bennett had beaten Bell's block and he was ready to violate Cam. If Cam had tried reset his feet to throw back to the left side of the field and hit LaFell he would have been A) crushed by Bennett and probably made a bad throw as a result of being crushed by Bennett which could have very easily led to an interception by the talented Seattle secondary who was quite purposely playing in deep zone coverage most of the game waiting for this scenario to unfold. The book on Cam is that he gets frustrated and tries to force the ball deep into coverage, so it was no coincidence that Seattle was playing so much deep zone against him.
Instead, he opted to throw the ball to his best receiver on a short crossing route who at that moment had Sherman beat. Cam ended up sailing the ball a little bit because Bennett was at his feet and Bell was in the throwing lane and Sherman made a hell of a play on the ball (because he's pretty good) but that was the best decision given the circumstances.
You can call up plays to run all the deep routes you want and you can have receivers WIDE open on those routes, but if the o-line is being beaten as badly on their blocks as they were most of the day it doesn't matter... Cam found himself in situations where he had to unload the ball much earlier then he wanted to based on the pressure he was getting and what the defense was giving him in coverage.
I need to go back and check the claim that we were running frequently against a 9 man box.