Pass looked to flat just a little more air under it and Hartline runs under for a easy 6
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I also disagree it was a late throw,it only looks that way do to Brian looking back so early.
Bottom line is Hartline was WIDE open. The ball was slightly overthrown. Not all receivers run the same speed (obviously) but a QB has to be accurate according to the receiver to whom he is throwing the ball. He missed this one. Oh well. As I said in a previous post, **** happens. He'd hit that way more times than not.
And this is something I said immediately on twitter after the play happened, I would RATHER get a receiver to run that route that is capable of running underneath that pass, than teach Ryan Tannehill to loft and/or under throw that pass.
These guys work on timing in practice. I dont buy the idea that a WR doesnt catch a ball because he's not fast enough. Speed is a limitation known before the play. You wouldn't throw the same kind of deep ball to Mike Wallace that you would throw to Anthnoy Fasano. Its not like Hartline's speed is unkown to Tannehill, or he's not used to this WR running routes. They work on timing in practice, especially in the WCO. If a WR isnt fast enough, then the QB has to make a throw accordingly.
And as far as throwing late, Tannehill should have thrown when he planted his foot on the last step of his drop. Instead, he take a few baby steps forward after he planted. This was a timinig play, and those few steps make a big difference in Hartline's route. Had he thrown at the botton of his drop like it was designed, Hartline would have looked up at exatly the right time.
I completely agree with you on the timing and on the QBs responsibility to be aware of the speed of his receivers and make the throw accordingly. But I'm not so sure the throw was late. He might have been able to release it slightly earlier. But I don't think that had any bearing on the location of the pass. As long as he didn't run Hartline out of the back of the end zone, the throw was on time. He just missed him by about a foot or so.