Originally Posted by joseephuss
I think the O-line also factors into this as well. If you don't have time to get the ball down field, then you have to run shorter routes or utilize the tight end a bit more. That is going to bring down the yards per route of everyone.
I tacked this on to another comment while you were probably writing your response out....
PFF measures the time in the pocket for each pass attempt and Romo was pretty much dead center in the road among NFL QBs as far as average time given in the pocket (16th in the NFL, 2.77 seconds per throw).
I don't see a lot of evidence that our yards per attempt were driven down because Romo had to dump it off an inordinate amount. However, I see a lot of evidence that points toward the fact that the yards per attempt went down because Romo was throwing an inordinate amount of targets to a guy who runs a 4.8 (and has very little run after the catch ability) because he was his most dependable target. We need to start acquiring/developing some guys who run 4.4-4.5 who are dependable targets. Thank God the 4 year Kevin Ogletree experiment is seemingly at an end (and I wouldn't be surprised if that's one of the factors as to why John Garrett was shown the door).