Originally Posted by fontaine
So I suppose the coaches just woke up one day last year and decided to let a rookie in Watts run short/intermediate routes instead of an established WR in Lelie?
I can't believe the amount of posters here that treat Lelie as if he's an elite or unquestionable talent who is above criticism. I'm not bashing him. I'm just pointing out the other side to Lelie great deep game which is his lack of functional strength and execution in the short game/blocking.
That's something Lelie and the coaches have admitted to. I'm not saying Lelie can't do it, I'm saying so far he hasn't done it. Until Lelie improves on his all around game, he's just going to be a one dimensional WR. No amount of spin, homering, or Lelie love is going to change that.
And I am just saying that the coaches have decided the routes that the offense runs and Lelie is normally assigned to run the routes that stretch the field and draw the defenders out of the shorter zones. It is the coaches decisions that he does not run the intermediate and short routes. It is not Lelie's choice.