I'm stuck on the specifics of the formation because they present two very different scenerios for the QB. The result is different because the QB's are in two completely different spots and receiving the ball in two completely different places. The formation has everything to do with it.Quote:
I just think you seem to be stuck on the specifics of formations...I am looking at the end result of the plays up until the QB either throws in Eli's case or gets hit while trying to throw in Joe's case.
Here is the problem though. Both QB's released the ball around same time from the time they had the ball in their hands. And actually if you go back and time it, Flacco is getting the ball out faster than Eli. I counted 1 1/2 seconds for Flacco, and that includes him peddling back. That's arm going forward. Eli releases about a 1/4 second later.Quote:
In both videos, pressure came from the same side, both had a completely free rusher regardless of how many blockers there were, and both rushers got there very quickly. Joe had time to take 2 short steps back after a shotgun drop, Eli did not on his drop. I would argue that the guy got to Eli even quicker than Joe. Even if Eli took a sack right there, that would be a more heads up play than trying to throw with a guy draped over you.
And watch the videos one more time. Yes, the free blitzer comes from the same side. But because Joe is in the shotgun the blitzer comes straight line at him and gets in FRONT of him, which is why he peddled back. Eli's blitzers are coming from his side, and the only reason they are in his face is because Eli looked that way and was throwing sideline, where Joe was looking at the middle of the field. Also, Eli may not have leaned forward, but he had enough time to set his feet for that throw. Joe did not, despite being in the shotgun.
My point here is that you are taking two very different plays with two very different formations, with the quarterback in two very different positions, and trying to compare the reactions of the QB's when it's not quite fair. If you have Flacco in the same formation, or Eli in the same formation, then it's a fair comparison.
An interesting thread;
Here is why this happened in my view:
1) We hire Caldwell. Instantly Cam is put on notice that there is a new threat to him in the building. Just like with Zorn. It is well documented Zorn and Flacco really got along. Cam probably thought this somehow undermined his authority, didn't like it, and had Zorn removed. Flacco was upset. And apparently a similar relationship exists now with Caldwell.
2) From what I've read, Cam is a control freak. Apparently his way is the only/best way. We already know he is rigid, to a fault. From Aaron Wilson it seems Caldwell had a lot to do with installing the no-huddle package in the offseason. We know this package has had success, and that Joe prefers it. We ran it a lot in the beginning, and yet have stopped as of late. Joe has noted he doesn't know why we stopped using it. In view of what we know, it seems to me Cam maybe intentionally stopped using it because it was making Caldwell look better and better - the system that Caldwell was integral in is successful and favored by the QB. Once again Cam feels like his authority is threatened, so he kills the no huddle, reverts almost exclusively back to "his" system and uses the "game flow" excuse for why the no-huddle is no longer being run - even though we all know you can use no-huddle to dictate your own game flow (see NE).
3) The offense has been inconsistent all year, just like in years past. Vry little progress if any. Consistently middle to lower half of the league in most categories. We look amazing one minute and then lost and confused the next. The mainstream media has even noted it. It was broadcast on Ravens wrap-up program that Boldin literally went to the sideline and told Cam to change the plays up because they defense knew exactly what we were going to do. Embarrassing for Cam. No end in sight of this jekyl and hyde offense it seemed.
4) We are one 4th and 29 play away from losing 3 straight. We barely beat Pitt. in Pitt. Ray Rice seemingly discontent about under usage. The two games we have lost have been a full effort team loss, but it is clear the offense sputtered as usual in each of those games, not too mention the turnovers which have been killer. A lot of that is on Joe, but Cam once again calls plays that do not fit the situation. This is nothing new. He has done this over and over - no game plan adjustment. Calling a play that takes 5 seconds to develop when he knows the opposing D will be blitzing. Joe gets creamed, as expected, and is either sacked for a loss or fumbles. We have seen it time and time again.
5) Steve B finally had enough. He has a multi-million dollar decision to make and needs to know if the Cam/Flacco issues have been the barrier or if we have simply seen the best of what Flacco can offer. Time to see what Flacco can do with more liberty and freedom, instead of having old man Cam beating the same tired rhetoric in his ear.
Flacco and Rice had enough, two losses makes everything look worse and presto - bye bye Cam.
I don't really know what to make of it. But two things are disconcerting. One, if they knew that Cam was a cancer in that locker room, what took so long for Harbaugh to act? Secondly if it wasn't Harbaugh, but in fact, Bisciotti who stepped in and gave the order, then does Harbaugh have the ability to move on and not resent his players for pulling a power play? My dislike for Harbaugh stems from the fact that he has always made it known that its all about the coaches. Can he move on?
But I'll be straining at the leash, but I will give him a respit to see what happens the next 3 weeks. It will tell as much about him as it will Joe Flacco.