Orlovsky better on 3rd down

Coltsider broke down the Patriots game tape and found that Orlovsky’s decision-making in 3rd down situations dramatically changed the game:

Why was Orlovsky so successful though? The main reason is that Orlovsky trusted his playmakers. Of Orlovsky’s eight completions, four of them were underneath passes or dump-offs that allowed the receiver, tight end, or running back to run for the first down. I like to call this “The Brady Way.” Two more of the receptions were comeback routes, where the receiver got separation at the first down marker, and Orlovsky threw a perfect strike for the first down. The other two completions were long passes down the sideline, one to Collie for 23 yards (a bit high, but Collie had a great one-handed grab) and one to Garcon for the 33 yard touchdown.

Todd Smith

About Todd Smith

Todd Smith is a part-time sportswriter who spends too much time arguing on Twitter. What he really loves is eating poorly and watching football. He got his first Colts t-shirt in 1984 shortly after the Mayflower trucks arrived and has never given up on his hometown team. He also still holds to the belief that Kordell Stewart stepped out of the end zone and thus cheated the Colts.