Matty Ice's adjusted yards/attempt (career average of 6.8 AY/A - 12th among active QBs) is a contentious issue around these parts.
Some argue it's not his fault, due to MM's conservative play calling and a lack of offensive (specifically deep threat) weapons to work with. Others argue he'll need to raise his AY/A average to be great/bring The Lombardi to the A-T-L. Here's the top ten all-time single-season AY/A averages:
|Peyton Manning (28)||10.24||2004 (lost in divisional playoffs)
|Joe Montana (33)||9.54||1989 (SB champion)
|Chris Chandler (33)||9.52||1998 (SB loser)
|Roger Staubach (29)||9.49||1971 (SB champion)
|Tom Brady (30)||9.42||2007 (SB loser)
|Dan Marino (23)||9.36||1984 (SB loser)
|Bert Jones (25)||9.27||1976 (lost in divisional playoffs)
|Randall Cunningham (35)||9.26||1998 (NFC championship loser)
|Kurt Warner (28)||9.19||1999 (SB champion)
|Steve Young (33)||9.15||1994 (SB champion)
To be fair, stellar AYAs do seem to produce playoff and, more often than not, SB appearances. Still, I'm still lost re: how Ryan can raise his AYA with MM at the reins/Roddy as his only deep threat. I mean, he could just audible his butt off and hope like heck that Jenks/Douglas suddenly realize their deep threat potential. Otherwise the only way his AY/A goes up IMO is if we draft another second receiver/MM takes a few more chances down-field.
What say y'all?