The difference in the two is that you have a Qb that cannot complete a deep ball to save his life. I know you are going to try to spin it like its's on the WRs but that hold as much weight as a soggy sandwich. Simpson's history shows him to be routinely used for deeper patterns with his average of 14.5 per catch. Here it's 10 yards a pop. Despite the change of offense, it should be clear that our Qb cannot throw the deep ball.
That being said, the difference in offensive schemes (with regards to Simpson's time in Minnesota vs. Cincy) would be the major reason for the decrease in ypc. He was a vertical seam guy with the Bengals, iirc.
Ponder can throw the deep ball, he just hasn't got the timing down yet. This could be for a variety of reasons, but it's not the largest of my concerns.
When he plays with confidence, he does well. I'm worried that he's going to go the Sanchez route.
Case in point, watch these throws.....Pay close attention to the pockets he works out of at times.
Nice... I could just use his stats on the deep ball.
Marr I know your belief on the space he is being given by the WR but are you telling me, that the coaches aren't catching the spacing being used on these routes and 17 weeks into the season hasn't correct an obvious flaw? Come on. That is the first thing looked at when trying to identify an issue. Are you saying that all of our WRs suddenly forgot how to run deep routes and adjust to the sideline on the throw? What about deep balls to the middle of the field... you know the ones that seem to always get picked off or hit DBs in the back?
I already know the answers to these questions. The kid cannot consistently throw them at this point in his NFL career. BTW a well thrown college ball doesn't equal a well thrown pro ball. You can float in college, you can't in the pros.
Said it before and I'll say it again, our WR's (Jenkins/Aroma) are on this team because they can run block. Nothing more, nothing less. Musgrove thought he could get by with Harvin, Childs and Simpson, with a lot of TE play out of Calrson and Rudy.
That plan was working pretty good until Percy went down and they found out, after he got healthy, that Carlson can't get open anymore.
Wright didn't get reps so he is just now getting ready, and they are trying to use Simpson at the Z instead of bringing Summers up (they needed a OLmen more).