This is ridiculous - Cutler's problem isn't that he throws deep, it's that he throws deep into triple coverage. The long bombs Brady threw yesterday were good decisions - he just missed on two of them late. Brady's accuracy was the problem, not his decision making - he had guys open deep, what is he supposed to do, throw to guys short who are covered?
Several times yesterday he threw into double coverage. The pick in the end zone was into double coverage. The long incomplete to Aiken late was into double coverage. The long attempt to Welker on 3rd down was into double coverage.
He threw some balls late. He made very poor decisions on others. Whatever happened to taking what the defense gave you and hitting those 10-15 yarders? Lately Brady's been trying to get the TD all in one play. It's fucking maddening. It's entirely opposite of the way they used to win games in the SB years and I cannot for the life of me understand why they got away from it.
Sorry, I was referring to the decision-making specifically on those deep balls - he did make a couple stupid throws.
My point is that I think Brady was taking what the defense gave him on these deep balls - Miami wanted to stop the 10-15 yarders and was willing to gamble (in the form of limited / no safety help) that the Pats wouldn't connect on the long ball. For the Dolphins, this was a bad gamble early and a good one late. I didn't think Brady was trying to force the deep ball - it was there, he just missed it.
I'm with Super Nintendo on this one. I'll preface with two points. First, as others have said, it's very difficult to judge a lot of the decisions because the TV presentation doesn't allow us to see the entire field. We really just get to see the pocket the QB got to work with, the flight of the ball, and the result of the throw. It's sort of like judging baseball fielding. We wouldn't know if Jacoby was positioned poorly or just got a bad jump on the fly in the 9th inning of the ALDS unless others that were there told us. Second, football tends to be very reactionary. If Aiken catches the deep ball off his fingers, we wouldn't question it. If Welker catches up to the deep ball on 3rd down that was thrown over double coverage, we would be discussing how amazing Brady was to perfectly place it over the defenders.
Two of Brady's worst decisions yesterday were the the end zone INT and the short pass to Welker's feet in triple coverage in the 4th that was almost picked to end the game. Neither of these were deep passes Brady shouldn't have made. I definitely agree that it has been maddening this year watching the Pats unsuccessfully go deep so often, and at terrible times. It's as if last year, without Brady, they went back to their more conservative play calling that worked so well during the SB years. Then, with Brady back, they said, "fuck it, remember how many awesome plays Brady and Moss made in 2007? Let's start winging it again!" However, regarding some of the plays in question yesterday, maybe Nomario is right. Aiken blew past the coverage and had a shot to ice the game. Welker was able to get some space on double coverage deep. Maybe that was all the defense was giving on those play calls. A debate on the play call, and what routes were run, might be more significant than questioning Brady's throwing decision. He might have been making the correct throw.