If the primary read on all of these plays is the dump off, then Musgrave needs to be dropped for being a Chiller clone. If not, then Ponder is abandoning his deep reads almost immediately - which means either the receivers aren't open (Another element I cited) or he's just dumping off too quick.
It was all in there...
Also, we did see several deep throws despite your earlier assertion. Simpson had three thrown his way and Jenkins had two. That is 1/5 of the passes that Ponder threw, and I don't think we are going to (nor do I want to) see any more deep throws than that. I like the highly accurate ball control offense that was displayed so well against San Fran, and I hope we continue to see it against TN. Part of me wonders if Musgrave tried to adjust our offensive strategy to take advantage of Simpson being back and the Lion's weak secondary. I hope we go back to the short game plan this Sunday.
I don't mind the short ball-control game...as long as we understand that we need 10 yards, and we have an actual shot at getting there in 3 downs. When we're down to the wire with 8 to go, throwing for two and praying seems an awful lot like the old KAO to me.....
And yes, he took a few shots, but he only connected on 1...which is why I mentioned it earlier as a point to work on.