As for Joe taking over in Minnesota, Ray Rice had 10 catches for 117 yards (including a 63 catch and run), which is all on Ray, who also rushed 10 times foe 77 yards and two scores. That was Raymell taking over. One of my biggest problems with Joe is that he consistently dumps the ball of to Rice, who then gets the yards. Yes, he obviously makes good passes to other players, but when his primary read is a hitch route over the middle by the running back, it lets the defense close down over the middle.
Yes, part of this is Cam calling conservative plays, but it's not like deep routes are eliminated from the playbook. Yeah, we don't have a lot of deep threats, but the receivers have proven they can get deep and make catches down the field. My problems with Joe are 1) he rarely takes those chances, electing to throw the short safe pass instead and 2) despite his huge arm, he is unbelievably inaccurate down the field, often shorting his passes on 1-on-1's down the sideline. Also, he also forces it deep for no reason, when he's got a safety over the top, much like the first Cincinnati game this year (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/201009...als#tab:watch), at ATL (http://www.nfl.com/gamecenter/201011...cons#tab:watch) and the playoff game at Pitt (I realize I bring up Pitt a lot and its just one game, but he needs to beat them and Big Ben to take his game to the next level)
Just think about this, Joe threw the ball more than 30 times in 12 games this year (14 counting the playoffs), and threw for 300 yards once, 301 against the worst team in the league (Carolina). That is not a quarterback taking over a game.
I will give Joe solid props for the Atlanta game. I was very impressed by his performance. He made a key third down pass to Boldin and a great throw to Heap in the endzone, while Rice again had a great catch and run of 20+ yards. Joe had no chance to come back after that last score so I don't blame him at all for that loss. If there was one thing to critique though, it's that he was outplayed by Matt Ryan, who had 0 run game and only Roddy White to rely on, which is really my whole point about Joe. He seems to almost come up short in these big primetime games. Yes, a lot of it has to do with playcalling, but I'm not willing to put all the blame on Cam. Yes, I think Cam is an awful playcaller and needs to be gone. But he's not, so we won't go anywhere until Joe rises above that, which he is fully capable of doing.
I know a lot of yall will disagree with me. Just understand my frustration. We have had a great team these past three years, but can't beat the best teams, mostly because of our offenses inability. Yes we need new receivers, but three guys with 600+ catches and an above average tight end aren't exactly among the leagues worst. Yes Cam sucks and needs to go, but like I said, coaches coach and players play, and Joe has not played with that fire that the top quarterbacks in the league do play with.