Overall I'm going to say that more drops than not have been when we need a certain amount of yards and on 3 & 8 instead of running 9 yards and then coming back a yard to the ball they run 5 yard curls and then have to get YAC to make the 1st down. That isn't so much the receiver but the play that's called. Just a few thoughts though.
2) Cassel does hold on to the ball an absurd amount of time but the line seems to be feast or famine when it comes to a pocket. The receivers are running their patterns and I haven't heard a single word about the receivers having the right to modify their patterns (to a degree) to get in a better spot. Overall being sacked is on Cassel because if it isn't there then throw the ball away. He was better about this last year and seems to have regressed....at least to me he has.
3) Cassel checking down to a run on 1st & 2nd down seems unlikely. I think the reason for that is simply we want to be a run first team and so they scramble and say what's our identity? Oh, we're suppose to run first so lets run. Then on 3rd and long we're forced to pass and you get the result we've seen to much.
When we get into a two minute offense our offense seems to click better and I think it's just that the play calling isn't over thought. I also think in that type of offense it forces Cassel to stop trying to think about who he needs to pass it to and he just goes out and slings the rock around. Unfortunately lately even a two minute offense hasn't mattered. So right now I say it's a combo of all three. Which leads me to...
4) The Raiders game to me was an anomaly because the Raiders seem to want to run the ball more and couldn't really do that when they got down 14 - 0 early. We moved the ball but looking back we still only put together two scoring drives the whole game. I think that game was mainly a backup QB and a rusty QB playing from behind and forcing the ball. So it's more that the D was playing lights out.
Miami...well someone else here said it best so I can't claim it. Miami has been built to compete against the Patriots and wanting to emulate them caused the results we all saw. I also think it was Haley practicing them all week and the D was already tired from the Monday night game. The offense continued to do what it had done since the San Diego game which is being inept.
I went back and counted and since the San Diego game we've had 35 drives. We've scored on 8 drives (3 TD's, 5 FG's) and turned the ball over, turned over on downs or punted 27/35 times, that's 77%!