Originally Posted by TheSkaven
I'd be curious to know how many TDs he threw that way too, though. Remember the Terry Glenn TD in game 2 against the Redskins? Carter got away from the defensive end, threw off his back foot and hit Glenn for the touchdown.
Remember Witten's first touchdown as a Cowboy? Same thing, and that pass was a thing of beauty.
I've seen quarterbacks make plays when they leave the pocket. They give their receivers more time to get open and sometimes draw the cornerbacks into coming up to make a play.
The problem is that Quincy needs to avoid the bonehead plays like throwing on the run into triple coverage.
Wasn't the Terry Glenn touchdown in the first game?
And the Witten touchdown was awesome.
But those were the exceptions, IMO.
I think part of the reason for the lack of successful passing plays when Carter was on the move is that defenses learned he wasn't going to run with the ball.
I felt like opponents ended up treating Carter like any other pocket quarterback they'd face.
Carter was elusive and got out of a lot of sacks, he was still dropped 37 times, but he wasn't a threat to run with the ball when forced from the pocket.
The opposition knew this and stayed in coverage.
That's why I'm in favor of Parcells calling a quarterback draw as early as possible in every game.
Since Carter is so hesitant to run when a pass is called, make the decision for him.
Get him in the groove and see if it helps.
As for when to throw the ball and when not to, I don't know if the team actually tries to simulate such things in practice or only relies of game tape in the classroom to show what not to do.
If I was the coach, I would want to try and condition my quarterback to making quick decisions under duress in practice.
The defense can't hit the quarterback, but I could still use every blitz possible to allow for free runners and see if it helped the decision making process.
I always read about practice being obvious man coverage with everything set up for offensive success.
That's fine to start every practice with, build up confidence and all, but game conditions aren't ideal most of the time.
Blocks are missed, blitzes aren't recognized and routes get busted.
I remember Parcells saying his teams spend more time on blitz pick-up than anyone else and that the offense would eventually love to see opponents blitzing.
That didn't seem to happen last year.
And I'd just love to know more about the coaching methods used to help cutdown impulse throws.
Alas, I don't expect Big Bill to be very forthcoming.