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Whitehurst's Fourth Drive: What Whitehurst Did, Part 1

Think Whitehurst's performance was meaningless in the grand scheme of things? What if he played like Chris Simms? So you see, good, if not conclusive, is better than comically bad.
Think Whitehurst's performance was meaningless in the grand scheme of things? What if he played like Chris Simms? So you see, good, if not conclusive, is better than comically bad.

I might split this into more than one post.

3. 1-10-SEA 39 (13:51) 6-C.Whitehurst pass short right to 81-G.Tate to SEA 42 for 3 yards (20-A.Verner).

Timing on three-step drops is still a problem for Charlie Whitehurst. That and a little inaccuracy is how this play breaks down. Yet, three yards. Yay passing game.

Whitehurst drops three steps, pats the ball - just a little. Golden Tate runs a quick hitch in front of the corner, who is playing off coverage. The pass is poorly timed and behind Tate and Tate has to struggle to get back to it. The corner is on him and the play is over.

5. 3-6-SEA 43 (12:33) (Shotgun) 6-C.Whitehurst pass short right to 88-C.Morrah to TEN 44 for 13 yards (51-G.McRath).

This is an improvised play made possible by pocket awareness, communication and Cameron Morrah's ability to run away from a linebacker in man coverage. Whitehurst starts out of shotgun. Russell Okung is out. Mansfield Wrotto is in. Morrah runs a curl just a little past the first down marker, but the route is dead. In the ~second it takes Whitehurst to step forward and away from impending pressure from the left, the linebacker has settled under Morrah and blanketed the route. Whitehurst does something that looks like an aborted pump fake and Morrah takes off towards the right sideline. Improvised dig route. Charlie hits him in stride and Morrah runs away, cuts up field and is stopped but only after a good gain and the first.

6. 1-10-TEN 44 (11:56) 6-C.Whitehurst pass incomplete short left to 88-C.Morrah.

And then Morrah drops a gimme reception on a speed out.

Yeah, two parts.