First, I want to say that I do think that Charles is up to the task of being an every down back and should be running the ball more than 6 times per game. He should be toting the rock more, but that isn't going to happen unless we get more plays. We aren't getting enough plays because there is a glaring problem with our passing game.
Cassel isn't throwing the ball deep. These 1-6 yard passes on guys that are being covered and have to beat a LB and safety to get a first down just isn't cutting it. Here's the stat that proves it: Cassel's average yards per attempt is a paltry 5.58 yards. This is the 29th best in the NFL, just barely ahead of Jamarcus Russell (5.5). Here's what makes it even more depressing--Cassel's 5.58 is actually INFLATED because it takes into account the catch up drives we seem to get at the end of every game when the game is over and the defense we are playing against uses the prevent defense (like against Jax). I wonder, if we took these stat-padding drives out of the equation, just how low would this be?
Do I think that Cassel has the tools to succeed? Absolutely. But something isn't right here. It could be bad play calling, WR's not getting separation, Cassel's throws being off or not recognizing an open receiver, or the many drops we've had. Most likely it is several of these. But we need to increase the yards per pass. By doing this, we get the first downs to get Charles more carries.