Monday, November 3, 2008

Things that piss me off: Football edition

4th and short.  This situation comes up 3-4 times a game and at least one of those times the coach will cost his team due to his own indecisiveness.  The things that bugs the living hell out of me is when the coach uses a timeout.  Either run a play or kick the ball, it's not hard.  Calling a timeout only wastes the timeout and if you run a play you have given the advantage to the Defense.   What coaches should do is have a quick call already set-up with the QB.   That way when a 4th and short occurs the QB has a play to run and can go no huddle, catch the D off guard and steal a first down.  But yet game after game week after otherwise intelligent men act like frigging insecure babies and make a preventable mental error.


This rant inspired by Bill Belichick, who wasted his team's final timeout in an  act of wishy-washy idiocy.  You made a call, let the players run the play.  But no, your balls shrink at the last second and you waste your last timeout with just under 12 minutes left in the game.  That timeout cost you 30 seconds at the end of the game and that was the difference between 3 long passes and actually running a drive to get into field goal position.  Had you missed on the 4th and short you would have had the Colts pinned, one punt (Or even a FG) and you're in good shape with plenty of time left on the clock and a timeout.  

 There were other things that cost the Patriots that game, but this one is one we'll see in almost every game played next week, and the week after that.  It's a simple fix but no coach wants to take the time to do it.
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