It's not something he's currently bad at.
Thanks for pointing that out, SteelSD. I clearly missed it and it's a pretty clear indicator that something has changed. We go back to previous years and Jason end up with numbers like 45 or 56 or 62. Really horrible numbers. Something is different and I missed it. I don't see it in technique.
I long postulated that Gullet was encouraging pitchers to throw in the dirt and that was the cause of the inflated number of wild pitches/past balls we saw. I wonder.
...turned on their heads, those numbers also still indicate that it's not something he's particularly GOOD at either. While I'm fully willing to conceed that Jason may not be as bad as I may observationally put him, the notion that Jason is some sort of star defensive catcher who helps the team defensively is shaky at best. He's got to hit in order to begin to earn some of that money.
Valentine is right at league average at 124. Ross is off the charts having caught 380 innings without a single passed ball. Ratios do funny things.