Originally Posted by BrAinPaiNt
Very Good read.
A couple of things that need to be changed on offense....If QC rolls out (because of the play) and does not have a good look at an open WR...then tuck the ball and run (if he can get any positive yardage)...or throw the ball away from the defenders....it seems most of his INTs is him rolling out or throwing on the run trying to make something happen.
I've read that 14 of Carter's interceptions, that would be two thirds, came when he was on the move outside of the pocket.
I've read that Sean Payton was working with Carter on this problem, but details are lacking on how they plan to correct things.
I don't know what the staff can do to encourage Carter to run with the ball more often when presented with the opportunity, but he can add another dimension to the offense by just stepping up and running when he sees a lane.
Carter will never be a threat on the ground akin to Vick or McNabb, but he can help put the offense in better situations by sometimes pulling the ball down and taking what the defense gives him with his feet.
There's a world of difference between 2nd and 10 (incomplete pass) and 2nd and 6 thanks to a QB scamper.
Just get whatever you can and protect the football.
That little change right there IMO would be huge in some of the turnovers.
I'll call it enormous.
A lot of it falls on Carter to stop pressing too hard, but a more production running game and better pass protection from the line will make things a lot easier.
If defenses are paying some attention to the ground game and carter can sit in the pocket when passing, I expect his interceptions will take a sharp drop.
Also QC needs to work on holding onto the ball....he fumbled more then he should have and even if he recovers the fumble...normally that will be a loss of yards and a wasted down.
Now this is not a rip on him...just something that needs to be worked on.
It's a solid point, there isn't any area where Carter doesn't need to continue improving, IMO.
All along we were told that his mobility was something that JJ liked....but to me his worst mistakes normally happen when he is on the run to thrown or when he runs to get positive yardage....there has been times that he takes off to run and holds the ball way away from his body....that scares me.
I have noticed that he did work on that some...after initially deciding to take off after the first few steps he then tucks it.
Once again not rips on QC...but some things he needs to work on, and the coaching staff needs to work on plays that were thought to be his strength..but has turned out to be his weakness IMO.
Carter isn't a natural open field runner, that's one reason i don't mind it when he slides after running.
Q isn't built for contact like McNair and McNabb, protect the football at all costs.
Oponents also seemed to buckle down on the rollout passes to the right side after some early season success with it, IMO.
I'd love to see Payton insert the only play that worked in Coslet's offense, the throwback pass to the tight end or receiver.
That's a good play to hit defenses with if they're overplaying the quarterback rollout, IMO.
Other than that, Carter just needs to continue working on his mechanics and decision making when on the move.
But seeing that he's most at home throwing from the pocket, I'd like to see Carter stay there with better protection this year.
Carter isn't one to just arbitrarily leave the pocket on his own, he had to be flushed in most cases.
His decision making needs to improve when that happens, but I hope to see carter on the move less often this year.
Now another thing that is a question mark...Will Julius pan out....will he break a few plays to make the D respect him. I think even if the O-Line is shaky...if J.Jones can make a few plays a game the D with have to respect him and help open up the passing game some.
Dallas needs to break more runs this year and most of that responsibility falls on the rookie shoulders of Julius Jones.
Troy Hambrick had 3 runs of 20+ yards, Terry Glenn had 2 and Aveion Cason accounted for the final one.
Only five teams had fewer 20+ yard runs.
I'm looking for Dallas to get in top half of the league by breaking at least 10 runs for 20 or more yards this year.
With Anderson, Glenn, Whitten, Campbell and Johnson...we should have the options...not even counting J.Jones and AB in the mix.
The options are there to have a sound offense.
Not a SportsCenter highlight reel offense, but a top ten unit that keeps the ball, eats up yardage and puts points on the board.
If Bryant grows up and can be counted on and/or Randal Williams earns a role in multi-receiver sets, things could get more interesting.
But I'm not counting on either and the offense can improve with or without them.
It'll be a lot easier with them and the unit would be strike more fear in defenses with them in the mix.
Originally Posted by blindzebra
The offense needs to improve in the redzone. Dictate distance on 3rd down, i.e. 3rd in 2 instead of 3rd and 7. Limit turnovers on first or second down and when we are on the opponent's side of the 50.
The first is on the entire offensive unit. The second is mainly OL and RBs getting a better YPC. The last is mostly on the QB.
Very, very true.
All too often, the offense was in third and long last year.
Dallas must win first and second on a more consistent basis to really see improvement.
That means fewer negative runs, a T-Ham specialty.
I expect Jones to be up to the challenge.
And it means better decision making from Carter.
Don't play like you have to pass just because a passing play was called and take a sack before forcing a pass into coverage.
Retain possession and live to play another down.