Here is the excerpt from Joe’s piece about Mark Sanchez:
Protect the football and take more shots down the field. Sometimes you need to throw the deep ball just to throw it. Stephen Hill is 1 on 1 but covered well? Throw it anyway. He is 6 foot 4 for a reason. Santonio Holmes is 1 on 1 but covered well? Give him a chance to make a play, he was a Super Bowl MVP for a reason. Throw an interception on a 50 yard bomb on 3rd and 10, instead of on a 2 yard crossing pattern on 3rd and 10.
I agree with Joe, to a point. You do have to stretch the field once in a while, just for stretching sake. If you don’t ever throw the ball down the field, the defense will crowd the line of scrimmage, and basically “dare” the quarterback to throw deep. In order to keep the defense honest, you must stretch the field. Granted. But, there are other factors that make that almost impossible.
First of all, there is playcalling. As Joe put it, you have to call plays to get the ball down the field and “force the issue” a bit. Admittedly, the playcalling in the preseason has been “vanilla”, and you can see that. There have been a lot of short routes, in cuts, comebacks…etc. Tony is not forcing the issue at all, and they have to work on it a bit before they go into games.