TuscanyTile2 Posted September 21, 2022 Share Posted September 21, 2022 1 hour ago, win4ever said: I've been actually optimistic about Wilson this year, was in the process of breaking down some film about his progression. When we drafted him, I thought he was a mix of Jordan Love/Fitzpatrick, but he's an athletic ability pick. He had too many bad habits to walk in, and be anointed the job like last year. Later in the year, he corrected some of them, but the big aspect for me was his running. His running ability isn't anything special, a lot of QBs nowadays can run in the open field like him. However, him recognizing the moments to step up and take off was very important, because they were dropping linebackers back into passing lanes. Early year Wilson tries to fit it in tight windows, whereas late season Wilson recognized that no one but Berrios had any real shot at getting open, and taking advantage of the situation. Those situational awareness spikes gave me hope, because with better weapons, teams can't drop those linebackers quite as much. This year, the defenses have to pick and choose. A good example is the sideline pass to Moore at the end of the first, it's a simple out route against what I think is zone. The read is high-low, so Flacco can see if Moore is open, and then have two chip and release routes from the TE and RB on opposite sides. He makes the pass to Moore, so it was moot, but both the TE/RB are open for easy passes in space. With Wilson last year, he was seeing the first read as Flacco did this year, but not trusting the check downs early on. He would hold onto hopes the deeper routes would open up. Near the end of the year, our players were so bad that defenses would basically cover them regardless, and Wilson recognized the "check-down" option was himself. So I thought Wilson would improve at a substantial pace, because the arm talent is there. He just needs the mental reps, which I thought were best if he sat. Then he got injured, and I'm not sure how much he trusts his legs right now. I think that's why they are waiting as much as possible, until Week 4 at the earliest, because if his legs aren't there, he's going to regress from last year. There's a play early in the Browns game where Flacco runs for a first, but the defense sold out for coverage, and pretty much covered the passing lanes. That's one of those, if you can run, you beat us play calls. Wilson saw a ton of those early last year, and decided to try and make the perfect throw. However, if he can run consistently in those situations, then the defense has to change. In this situation Sunday, the Browns LB turned around and chased the TE with his back to the ball. If he stays facing the QB, the receiver out of the slot has a much better shot at getting open for an easy completion. I think that's why they want to make sure Wilson is running at peak level before bringing him back, because otherwise teams are going to dare him to run in those situations. If he can't, he reverts back to the early days last year, where he's making that difficult pass attempt as his only option. Exactly, this team isn't going anywhere with Flacco. It lives or dies with a QB that has potential. You put in Wilson to see if he is that franchise QB, and you develop timing with Moore/Wilson. Those two are great route runners because they read the hips of the defenders to set up their stems, but they also need the QB to be on the same page, because they make take an extra step or so to make sure they can shake the CB. If Wilson is the QB, great. However, if Wilson is not the QB, they need to find out if that's the case. We see it with Tua. They went all in on weapons to see if he's the one or not. If he had failed this year, he would have been out. Same with Josh Allen, they went out and got him Diggs to see if he's going to develop as a passer, and he did. With QB contracts these days, paying top tier to a mid tier guy really sets your team back. A good example being the Titans paying Tannehill, which kinda prevented them from paying Brown. We also saw this with Matt Ryan, who has been a mid tier guy for many years, but they can't build around him because he can't elevate the players, and they can't afford to sign all the guys. Albeit, he's sucked this year, but we see the Colts be stuck in the middle. Same with Carr now, top tier pay for mid tier play means you better find a litany of studs for cheap at other positions. Russel Wilson last year with Seahawks or the reason why the 49ers were so adamant on moving to Lance this year. They know to consistently compete, you need the QB to play at a top tier rate, or be cheap. I'm at least hoping Flacco raises his trade market for a late round pick maybe. Say the Cowboys or someone need to tread water. Much to my surprise, this post wasn't written by @Sperm Edwards. 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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