Written by Luis Sung at 9:30 PM EST | Twitter: @FLSportDebater
Everyone loves an explosive play. A running back breaking free for a huge run, a big interception that gets returned for a touchdown, or the most obvious of them all: a deep pass down the field that goes in for a touchdown. That is something the team hasn't had much success with as of late, nor have they actually made that many attempts to do, which wide receiver Mike Wallace has said he would like to remedy.
“What a surprise, I can’t believe he would say that.” head coach Joe Philbin said jokingly.
Philbin's dry sense of humor dates back to his days in Green Bay, but he quickly got back to being serious about the subject of big plays.
“I want us to have more explosive plays in our offense, without a doubt. But that always doesn’t mean throwing the ball 50 yards down the field." he explained. "Explosive plays for us are a 16-yard pass or more. I’m not opposed to vertical routes. I love them. We work on them awful hard. I’m confident we’ll hit them, but I do want more explosive plays in the offense, period, without a doubt.”
The obvious issue here is that Philbin's definition of an explosive play and the fanbase's don't seem to coincide, but Philbin made sure to explain what he meant.
“It’s been a statistic, I don’t know, since I’ve gotten into the league. I don’t remember how it started, but that’s the way we used to count them and I’ve kind of kept it that way, so you can kind of compare or use it as a comparative." Philbin said. "We use 12 yards in the run game and 16 in the pass game. Some teams may use different barometers, I don’t know. That’s kind of the barometer we use, so it kind of helps as a reference point as you track it year to year to year and so forth.”
Philbin's explanation in a way makes sense, but there don't seem to be many individuals who would agree with his assessment. Nevertheless, the team will surely take whatever they can get, because in the end, as long as they can get into the endzone, everything should always work itself out.
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