How will Carson best attack the defense? From a historical standpoint from the middle to the left. Same basic zones that Jason Campbell has been successful. Jason does have a higher completion rate over the middle but Carson has out produced him via a 30-9 vs 9-5 TD/Int. This is an area of the field we have lacked production and should help out the offense.
The biggest positive I remember hearing about what Palmer brings to the Raiders is the ability to get his team out of a bad play at the line of scrimmage. That is an area I feel Jason struggled too often which led to some lack of production. With Campbell we were actually pretty good in the Red-Zone so I'm not dogging Campbell we seemed to lack some big play punch. Which led defenses to play between the goal line and us. When we attempted to stretch it was usually an incomplete pass. We bang a few of those and our offense will take us to the playoffs.
Working the middle of the field should help keep the safety's honest and if the start dropping backers in zone drops this will also create some gaps for our speed merchants and our running backs.
Another thing when I look at his success he works better to the areas when he can drive the ball going across his body. This isn't a shock when you look at the fact the Drew Brees and Tom Brady have similar completion percentage going away from their body as well. So that's really not a weakness just a fact of the position.
To me that means seams and post routes will become more productive which is an area of weakness that has limited the growth of this offense.
Benefactors of this should be Ford, Boss,Moore and Hagan.I would still like to see Ford used off the line of scrimmage in some trips right formations sliding him underneath like the Pats do with Welker.
We have seen a lot of DHB on the left side and being successful this trend should continue based on Carson's history. The success area also leads me to believe the tight window throw to DHB was not a fluke! I hope that Carson and DHB develop the chemistry that is needed to be a top tandem in the NFL. it is the most important thing for a QB to have that go to guy. This year he has been that guy! The hard work is paying off.
I still feel we paid a lot but he is still the best QB in Silver and Black for the last decade...