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Officially Concerned about the Offense

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It is both...   the running I think is because the O line is getting beat.  They have no push and therefore the RBs have nowhere to go...

 

The biggest play calling issue imo is the lack of quick outs, screens, etc., to get the ball out of Cam's hands quickly.

 

Teams are forcing us to beat them with the passing game and it just isn't there.

 

Quick passes, work on the run and let Cam play is the only way we'll have offensive success in the playoffs.

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I think it's play calling 70% execution 30%.  When we were dominating TOP we were basically running a dink and dunk offense.  Now we look like the return of chud, ,more read-options than usual, and tons of down the field routes which haven't been hitting.

Maybe, Shula will switch it up again, come the playoffs (or at least show a mixture)??

 

I don't understand though, why they don't throw more short throws and slant routes, to take pressure off the OL?

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The biggest play calling issue imo is the lack of quick outs, screens, etc., to get the ball out of Cam's hands quickly.

 

 

This is absolutely obvious to us, so I am positive it is obvious to professional coaches.

 

So the question is, why is it not being addressed? Are they worried for Cam throwing quick picks? Are they less worried about Cam throwing the deep ball because, well, its almost like a punt anyways if intercepted.

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This is absolutely obvious to us, so I am positive it is obvious to professional coaches.

 

So the question is, why is it not being addressed? Are they worried for Cam throwing quick picks? Are they less worried about Cam throwing the deep ball because, well, its almost like a punt anyways if intercepted.

 

I agree... everyone is talking about it... there's no way they have just missed this, so there's obviously some reason behind it...

 

We have executed some screen plays well in the last couple of games, but only a few...  idk why we don't do it more?

 

Maybe they're saving them up for the playoff run?

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Nine in the box. It's what we've seen for weeks. We don't have the tools to deal with it, namely a consistent downfield threat. I've said it over and over, play-calling can't fix a roster deficiency.

 

Here's what I think we might see in the playoffs, though:

 

1) Brandon Williams comes out of hiding in more 2 TE sets, and becomes a vertical option across from Olsen.

 

2) A few more deep shots to Ginn, just trying to back the safeties off.

 

3) Some more spread formations, to stretch the defense and give Cam more running lanes if no one gets open.

 

And despite all of these "troubles" we're still winning and have a chance against anyone because of our defense. There's still cards up the sleeve, but teams have been stuffing the box since San Francisco, I don't know why this surprises anyone.

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The offense scoring 14 points against the 27th ranked defense in the league who was also missing key defensive starters is an awfully bad omen.

Deangelo running for 3.3 yards per carry against the leagues 31st ranked rushing defense is pretty bad.

For a ground based methodical offense to lose the time of possession battle by nearly 10 minutes is scary.

If not for Cam's legs and ability to make clutch plays this offense would be absolutely horrendous.

Top issues with the offense in no particular order:

- Lafell's inconsistency

- Byron Bell (self explanatory)

- Lack of sharp, quick passing plays and hot routes.

I can't remember if it was the first play or second when Bell's guy blew by him, ran over DWill then hit Cam. But if Cam had another second Ginn had a step or two on his man down field.

DWill's inability to run through a arm tackle cost this offense many times, as far as I'm concerned Tolbert should be the full time back. Can't ever question Tolberts desire to fight for those extra yards.

The play calling is awful. The last drive they handed the ball off to Deangelo twice and ran Newton on a 3rd and 10. Before that there was a 3rd play that where Shula called for a short swing pass, play never had a chance.

The designed Cam runs are good for a 3rd and 4, 3rd and 5. Shula called one on 3rd and 8 I think. In order for Cam to get the first he's most likely going to be taking a shot.

I was wrong about LaFell and ill admit that. This was his time to step up with Smitty out an he didn't do a thing. Burkhead and Lynch gave credit to Hixon for his blocking yesterday, well if Hixon can block there's almost no reason to pay LaFell.

I seriously don't mean to come off as a negative person but these issues are alarming in the bigger picture. I'm happy as hell to be 12-4, but now I want more! With a QB like Cam there shouldn't be so many issues on offense. He can only bail out Shula so much.

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What's needed is the offense that went 60 yds. in 30 sec. to win the Saints game, and not the one that couldn't get a 1st down to end the Falcons game.

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What the fug is our offensive philosophy? Not what YOU think it is, but what is it, based on what is being done on the field. We don't do anything particularly well. Shula doesn't call plays to get the O into a groove. Its almost like he throws darts at the play sheet. The onlly consistent thing we do is run that dumb ass dive play, right into the guards butt cheeks.

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I'm worried about the lack of rushing but other than that I'm good. It wasn't too long ago that without Steve Smith they would be lucky to score any at all.

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It's quite a few thing on offense and honestly a lil bit of everything.

 

Cam threw some high ones....

 

Our Receivers also dropped some good ones....

 

but our offensive line gives up too many sacks and really struggles to beat anybody at the line of scrimmage. 

 

Our running backs could show better vision and strength.... welll one of them.

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