It depends on what your definition of a dropped pass is, but growing up I was always taught that if it hits your hands, you should catch it. So, to me, when a pass hits a player in both hands and they dont catch it, that constitutes a dropped pass. In fact, Boldin had a dropped pass against the Steelers and Jacoby had one against Oakland that resulted in an interception by Michael Huff.
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But this (i.e. what counts as a drop) is an irrelevant distinction for the purposes of the discussion unless you are going to try to argue that our receivers drop more passes that do not quite pass the dropped-pass threshold (used by the statisticians) than do other teams' receivers.
Quibbling over the threshold is meaningless as long as the same threshold is being applied across the league (by the statistician). All that matters, for the purposes of the discussion, is our standing relative to other teams (the ranking not the absolute number of drops). If you want to increase the official drop stat for us by 25%, then you are going to be increasing it for all teams by 25%. No matter how you slice it, drops are hurting us less than the average team (this year, so far).
Even our poor drops rank lasy year was nowhere near as bad as people liked to claim. It wasn't worst, let alone worst by far. In fact 5-6 less drops on the year and we move to slightly above average last year.
I guess what I am saying is that all teams suffer from drops.
I'm not saying that dropped passes don't impact every team. Of course they do. In fact, I actually think (from what I've seen) that drops in general have gone down significantly from last year.
I still think that any one receiver having games or stretches of games with multiple dropped passes is unacceptable though. Who knows how the KC game would have turned out, offensively, had there not been so many dropped passes early on. We cannot effectively describe how debilitating dropped passes are to a drive and to the offense's morale.
I also don't necessarily agree with your perception that we drop more balls than other teams based on watching other teams (last year maybe but even then it wasn't a stark difference). I see a ton of drops watching other games. Sure, they are primarily noticeable on bad teams and with bad WRs, but even the great teams suffer from them. It is just that when you drop a 10 yard pass on 2nd and 8 and then complete a 10 yard pass on 3rd and 8, no one remembers the drop. If you drop a 10 yard pass on 2nd and 8, then go deep and miss on 3rd and 8 and punt, then everyone says "man that dropped killed us."
But I do agree with you that there is very little evidence that Cam Cameron can coordinate a successful passing offense. The reason why the Ravens are so successful in the passing game at home is because Cam Cameron is not controlling the offense at home; Flacco is. When Cam gets the reins back on the road they return to the Ravens passing game of old, a la Jacksonville and Seattle last year.
We pass the ball 12th most often. And ahead of us are several teams that pass more purely because they are almost always behind. There are two teams with winning records that pass more than we do: Atlanta and Indy. There are two teams with .500 records that pass more than we do. There are 7 teams with losing records that pass more than we do.
In terms of Yards per pass attempt, we rank tied-14th with Oakland. There are 8 teams with winning records, 3 teams with .500 records, and 2 teams with losing records ahead of us.