Here, new starter Greg McElroy has his team deep in Chargers territory. We are again going to follow Braylon Edwards, again marked in green. See the Chargers’ front seven, circled in blue? Notice how they are moving up on the line of scrimmage? That would indicate an all-out blitz.
Edwards and McElroy both know that Edwards is the “hot” receiver, otherwise known as the guy the QB will look for first in the face of the blitz. Braylon runs a quick out pattern, as noted in the picture with the green arrow. Does he get enough separation to give his QB somewhere to throw to? Let’s move ahead and see.
The answer is no, no separation at all. There is not a lot of room for McElroy to make a throw. Had the separation been better, it would have made for an easy TD. Instead………..
McElroy has to basically throw the ball away. Not in the literal sense, but because the DB is so close, Greg has to put the pass up high wear he could thrown an incomplete pass, if his receiver doesn’t touch it. He does, and the pass is incomplete.
See what I mean? There is a lot to be said about the chemistry between Mark Sanchez and Braylon Edwards. Don’t get me wrong. If anyone wants to see an asset brought in to help Mark Sanchez, it’s me. I think that is obvious if you read this blog at all regularly.
But the film doesn’t lie. If a guy isn’t getting open, he isn’t getting open. If Braylon Edwards can’t get separation consistently, how does that make him better than what we already have?
That is why, to me, Braylon isn’t here. It is also why they don’t need to bring him back either.