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Dumb Football Players

by Tony Medley

 Players know less about the sport they play than coaches, if thatís possible. In tonightís Dallas-Washington game, Washington had a 4th and four on the Dallas 38 with six minutes left, trailing 14-10. Washington went for it. Washington plays the West Coast offense, so the QB should be familiar with quick short passes. He had a guy open over the middle, but he obviously wasnít the primary receiver because the qb didnít even see him (I donít know how he could have missed him because he was right in front of him). Instead, he threw a pass to the guy crossing, heading for the sideline. It was incomplete. But the problem was that even had it been completed, the guy was still one yard short of the first down and heading out of bounds! So there are three chowderheads here. First, the coach for calling the play. Second, the quarterback for not throwing a pass that would be caught over the first down line. And, third, the receiver for running a route that was short of the first down. Do you know how many millions of dollars these guys make each year? They are obviously not paid on their intelligent understanding of the game. But this doesn't even require a detailed knowledge of the game. All it requires is common sense, and that's what most athletes and coaches lack.

 November 16, 2008

 

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