Okay... what's the PRIMARY reason?
Okay... what's the PRIMARY reason?
I think all four are probably part of the issue, but I'd say that the fourth (poorly designed plays) is the PRIMARY reason, followed by TA's learning curve, then blockers (which has not been discussed much, but I have noticed their failure to create effective screens) and Bradford being the least significant factor.
Poorly designed plays.
I honestly don't think Tavon and Cook are the type of players that mesh well with Schottys running philosophy. He needs to prove he's not a one dimensional OC and can get the ball to his playmakers in space.
Austin's own learning curve as a rookie WR. Is what I think it is. He has taken his eye off the ball looking down field too many times.
Scheme, QB play has nothing to do with his drops passes. He's dropped way to many easy catches. On the Rams website they have a wired featuring Pettis. During the Jags game Pettis in on the bench trying to tell Tavon to relax. Let the game come you. You can't be thinking about dropping the ball, just go play. Pettis told him. This tells me he's pressing a bit, trying to to do to much. Givens said in an interview that Austins needs to humble himself because the NFL will. Keep working hard and it will come.
How well Austin can handle the noise from the media and the fans is going to be critical because it's already starting. I'm reading more and more whats wrong with Tavon. Whats the deal... just like this thread. The fact the Rams canceled two major interviews last week tells you a lot about whats happening.
I would think even a nice punt return that stands will do wonders for Austin.
I'd sure like to see Austin used more coming out of the backfield, and see if that opens things up for him.
The drops by Austin are frustrating, but I'm sure he'll shake that off since that wasn't a big concern for him in college. It would help him, but I'm sure he's pressing a little. I went with OC scheme though. Especially after watching Keenan Allen last night. Sure, he came in with the "polished" title, but if you watch the highlights of him, they were able to frequently get him the ball in space with room to run.
When Austin gets the ball, it's with a defender in his face, or without blockers and he gets swarmed. Shotty needs to step up and get creative IMO
Quickie has been slow to develop, but is finally showing signs he just might be the player we all hoped he could be. TA is still thinking too much – it’s part of the rookie equation/learning curve. That said, he appears to be a really bright kid with a great attitude and astonishing skills. I am not worried about Tavon.
Watching the Chargers vs the Colts last night, it was easy to see how difficult it is to defend a team with multiple weapons hitting on all cylinders. Philip Rivers, Ryan Matthews, Danny Woodhead, Antonio Gates, Keenan Allen just to name a few. I believe that our own group is getting closer to melding. The emergence of Zac Stacy should really help our team. Zac (IMO) has something that is more valuable than blinding speed. He has VISION. The uncanny ability to find the crease, sense where the hole is going to open. The fact that he is 215 – 220 lbs at 5’8” and built like a gorilla doesn’t hurt either. Frank Gore ran a 4.6 + forty, and so did Emmitt Smith. Vision: I don’t believe it can be coached – one has it, or one doesn’t. It’s still early yet and Zac is a rookie, but if the last two games are any indicator, Stacy could be the catalyst our offense has lacked recently.
My vote went to Tavon's own learning curve. That said, I believe he'll find his groove before the season ends.
I think its Tavon's learning curve as a rookie. You don't trade up 8 spots in the draft unless you know there are plays in your playbook for him, so that rules out that reason. Bradford has thrown to him a number of times so his drops are on him. I haven't watched the patterns he's run so I cannot comment on the blockers, but if he drops a ball all the blocking in the world won't do much.
Having said this, I do feel he will become more valuable as the season progresses. Some good punt returns w/o penalties will help no doubt.
It is tavon austin's learning curve...His drops are brutal at times and those "dinks" and "dunks" are what Bradford and Austin should be good at...
Of course we all would love more ingenuity in the play calls but its the playbook and the gameplan Tavon Austin will make those gamebreaking plays with more experience
Remember guys in our offense last year Chris Givens came on mid-season after having those games with 1 long reception to have a solid season ....Tavon's time will come in Shotty's offense it is his learning curve
His inability to make the first defender miss is his biggest problem right now. Learning curve I guess?
His biggest problem is that defenders aren't playing soft coverage on every play like they did in the Big East and Big12? It's easy to catch the ball when you are wide open.
Rookie on a slow learning curve -- non derogatory, just not explosive as expected time wise.
The other awesomely explosive receiver in the draft that was going to change the NFL, Cordarrelle Patterson has 8 receptions and 0 TDs.
Percy Harvin in his first 6 games = 20 catches for 2 TDs. 6 rushing attempts
Tavon in his first 6 games = 24 catches for 2 TDs. 3 rushing attempts
I think it's mostly Option #4 and #1.