It can be difficult for the untrained eye to know exactly when the pass is supposed to go to a particular player based on play and coverage by the defense. So we tend to rely on coaches or players.
Dan Orlovsky is a former NFL quarterback who now works as an analyst for the NFL Network. He combed through the game tape in the last two Raiders games to try to figure out why Davante Adams suddenly isn’t used. What he found, as he described it, were five or six instances where the ball should have gone to Adams and, for whatever reason, it didn’t.
A Raiders fan tweeted an Orlovsky video analysis video.
You can blame McDaniels, Waller, Defence, everyone, but where’s Carr’s vision in these plays?? Arguably you have the best receiver in the game wide open over and over again and you don’t look his way? Of course you will continue to lose games. pic.twitter.com/Y5HpwTft7E
– RedDeadRaider (RDR_RAIDER) September 27 2022
Orlovsky’s assertion that Derek Carr doesn’t intentionally throw the ball to Davante Adams seems kind of crazy, but he indicated he simply couldn’t come up with another reason why Adams didn’t get the ball in these situations. He said similarly in his appearance on Rich Eisen.
Raiders coach Josh McDaniels was asked what Orlovsky had to say. He began by saying that he did not see the clip or know what Orlovsky was referring to.
However, McDaniels noted that the problem may be in relying too much on studying the tape and not enough in determining where you’ll go with the ball based on the defense’s reading at the goal line.
“We’ve seen a lot of different things in three weeks. Maybe a lot of it didn’t show up in the survey report based on what one team played with someone else,” McDaniels said.
“The poll report almost takes a right or left turn at the start of every game because the team decides to do something completely different than what they decided against two or three opponents before your game. And so I think getting used to that, being able to adapt to it, staying productive. And that’s why what we’re always trying to preach is, the most important thing we can do is read the defense because if you’re going to assume somebody’s going to be open or I should throw it in here, again, the defense always has a vote on that. And they have to decide how they’re going to try to cover you.”
McDaniels used, as a prime example, that the team might double as a receiving team, which would take that player away as a primary option. But this was clearly not the case in the examples shown by Orlovsky, and he claims to have had many similar examples which he did not show.
And yes, we all understand that goals will vary even for great receivers like Adams, depending on what the defense gives you. And that can result in players like Mack Hollins having big days because the defense doesn’t put pressure on them.
But there is clearly more to it than that. Not to mention, this has never been an issue between Adams and Aaron Rodgers, and you can bet every defense is focused on trying to take Adams out of the equation.
Even with Adams’ big game in the season opener, it’s clear that the high-flying attack and the supposed prepackaged chemistry we had come to expect between Derek Carr and Davante Adams didn’t materialize.
This season, Derek Carr attempted six passes from 20 air yards or more with Davante Adams as a goal.
These goals resulted in one catch.
This catch was by Chargers Cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. pic.twitter.com/oK4LL8S1nX
– Doug Farrar ✍ (@NFL_DougFarrar) September 28, 2022
Does this mean it will not come true? of course no. It’s only strange considering the expectation that this duo won’t need an acclimation period.
Which leads to what Orlovsky said. Namely, chemistry is not the issue. It doesn’t even matter if Adams is Adams in these scenarios. It makes it even more awful and he is * * * Adams. The player that any QB player should do their best to get the ball, sometimes, doesn’t catch a look from Carr sometimes. And at other times, Carr doesn’t seem to realize it’s ideal for Adams to be the target.
There is simply no excuse for that. Look at Adams because it’s the correct reading. Look at Adams because you don’t have to find your timing with him the number of times you’ve dumped him over the years. Look at Adams because he is Davante *Freaking* Adams and the success of this offense depends on using his abilities.