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Season By Season Perspective: Ted Ginn

Ted Ginn is catching a lot of unwarranted flak for Indy's game.  I just want to put not only his progress from 2008 into perspective, but also his role on the team. 


At this time last year Ted Ginn had three, count them, *three* receptions for a whopping total of 26 yards.  The man now has 13 receptions for 134 yards.  I think it's safe to say that he is probably a bit better than last year.  Since he had just shy of 800 yards of total receiving in the '08 regular season, I think it's also a good bet to assume he is going to get over 1000 yards receiving this year.  His route running is drastically improved over last year (not perfect by any means, but this is only the beginning of his 3rd year), and the O-Line is allowing Pennington more time in his throws.  This increase in O-Line effectiveness forces teams to play back a little, as evidenced by our now highly efficient run game, since Pennington has time to set and throw off of his front foot which he needs in order to get some modicum of power behind the throw.  Plus CP10's arm appears to be a *little* stronger than last year anyway, which will help Pennington hit Ginn beyond 10 yards without both Ginn and a defensive back tapping their feet and glancing at their watches as the ball arrives.

 

Let's talk a little more about that increased O-Line play.  Ronnie Brown is a superstar around here, yet he only had 150 more total yards from scrimmage than Ted Ginn last year--150 more yards than a 2nd year receiver who had yet to have his break out season.  Yet, we all put a lot of blame the O-Line for Ronnie's lack of "elite" production last year, so why is Ginn not afforded the same respect?  I couldn't begin tell you how many times last year that I heard opposing defenses were stacking the box due to a lack of respect for Pennington's ability to throw the deep ball, and thusly the R&R Express was being hampered by Pennington blah blah blah.  Again, I ask you why not the same for Ted Ginn?  Would not Pennington's lack of arm strength hamper a small speedster wide out more so than a bruiser running back?  I think so.

Ginn is no longer the bottleneck when it comes to his lack of big plays, as we were able to witness on Ginn's 2nd "drop" in the end zone.  Ginn had to come to a complete stop and *wait* on the ball.  Teddy had nice separation on the CB, but all of that means nothing when Pennington cannot hit him in stride.  He couldn't even block out the cornerback since the guy was between him and Pennington (behind him!), so I don't understand how you expect anybody to make that catch with a CB tangled in their jersey.  It is much easier to break up a pass than it is to catch one with a CB all over you. 

So,the real bottleneck is now the QB who can't get the small/fast receiver the ball in time.  I bet a lot of the people who are bashing Ginn for his "fear" of getting hit were rooting for little Chris Williams or Anthony Armstrong to make the team.  What role were you expecting them to fill?  Did you think they were going to happily wait in the same spot for a CP10 rainbow pass and risk their entire career taking a hit that would in all likelihood cause a fumble/incomplete pass anyway?

Ok, you're right, Ginn should not be WR #1, but is that his fault?  While we wait on a big, fast, physical receiver to develop (Hartline/Turner anyone?) to play opposite Ginn, he's the only receiver we have that can get down field.  That's why he is being used as the #1 guy.  Camarillo and Bess are much too slow to maintain any form of separation on a deep out.


Basically, Ginn is a very talented receiver who runs the 40 in under 4.3... too bad Pennington throws the 40 in 4.4 flat.

This is a FanPost and does not necessarily reflect the views of The Phinsider's writers or editors. It does reflect the views of this particular fan though, which is as important as the views of The Phinsider writers or editors.

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