Originally Posted by njx9
pathetic red zone playcalling like that was why i was happy to see shanahan gone (well, one of the reasons).
Agreed. I don't understand why they don't go for the play-action pass to the TE or FB on 1st/2nd down. Oakland wouldn've been immediately burned as they were selling out against the run.
it would also be nice to see someone (orton, mcd, whoever) try to get royal involved at some point. i mean, i know jabar gaffney is really good and all, but it would be nice to try to get royal the ball on something that isn't a stupid wr screen play.
IMO, Royal is struggling a bit right now for a number of reasons:
a) With Marshall playing catch-up I think opposing defenses have identified Royal as our top receiver (e.g. he had Nnamdi covering him yesterday). Now that Marshall seems to be getting up to speed, there should be some more opportunities for Royal.
b) Royal would seem to be well suited for slot receiver, which is a very productive spot in this offense, but instead Gaffney got the nod with Stokely out... which indicates to me that perhaps Royal just isn't there yet in terms of knowing the system.
c) Lastly, that #2 WR spot in the offense seems to be used to stretch the defense and draw DB's away to open holes for the slot guy. Certainly an important role, but not particularly productive.