For Peyton Manning, Drew Brees, and Tom Brady, No Schedule Needed

June 9, 2010   ·     ·   Jump to comments

Any serious football fan is familiar with the phrase "staying on schedule." Three and four yard gains are great as long as it gets you 3rd and 2 while no gains or worse yet, negative yardage plays put your defense in 3rd and long.
We know 3rd and long is a very bad thing right?
Harder to make because the defense knows what is coming so they tee off on the QB is just one reason we don't want 3rd and long.
We know how to stay on schedule like tell that running back to just fire up into that hole and checkdown on 2nd and long, better to get a few yards than nothing at all. Got to stay away from that 3rd and long and keep churning out those 1st downs.
That's the way the game is played now right?
Well wrong if you have a real NFL quarterback.
I'll agree if your QB is an average QB, you play that way—that's how Brad Johnson won a Super Bowl in 2002, even Eli Manning in 2008. Protect the ball and get positive yardage.
But what if you don't...

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