QB Kordell
Stewart has completed 51 of 83 for 439 yards with (0) TD and (2) INT.� Those figures give a completion percentage
of 61.4% and that�s pretty good.�
However, the gross YPA number, 5.29, is far below the league
average.� Further, 135 of the 439 yards have
been YAC.� 439-135=304; obviously, the
51 passes completed traveled a total of 304 yards beyond the LOS.� On average, that�s 5.96 per toss; figure the
QB to be 7 yards or so behind the line and this suggests any successful pass
has flown almost 13 yards. �

The Stillers
need more than that and here�s a little thought experiment that could put this
in perspective.� First, consider that
the average NFL WR runs, say, a 4.5 40.�
That is 18.18 MPH.� As you�ll
see, miles per hour will figure in the following.

Imagine Kordell
at the 35 in any of the Southside practice fields.� He is alone except for several baskets full of footballs.� These have been rubbed down and otherwise
prepared for today�s experiment.

A small fleet of
disparate vehicles is driven onto the field.��
These are target craft to act in lieu of human receivers.�� They will be computer-steered with
immaculate precision so as to eliminate human-induced �route-running error.*� They will be driven at exactly 18.18 MPH
through the* �pass *patterns�* *described in the following.�� Here, a completion means that Kordell hits
any part of the vehicle.� The hit must
be �on the fly�; short hops don�t make it*.�
Consider this:

**The pattern
is a 15- yard square-in.� What is the
minimum vehicle size required for a 60% �completion rate?�** �**80%?
100%?**

1. Mazda Miata

2. BMW 500 series.

3. Dodge Ram

4. Ford Yukon

5. Other.

The pattern is
a 25-yard seam.� What is the minimum
vehicle size required for a 60% �completion rate?� �80%?� 100%?

1. Mazda Miata

2. BMW 500 series.

3. Dodge Ram

4. Ford Yukon

5. Other.

The pattern is
a 50-yard flag.� What is the minimum
size vehicle required for a 60% �completion rate?� �80%?� 100%?

1. Mazda Miata

2. BMW 500 series.

3. Dodge Ram

4. Ford Yukon

5. Other.

Kordell has mastered the 6-yard curl, a pattern requiring accuracy
across the width of (4) parking spaces.�
Maybe these techniques will put polish on some more useful patterns.