More Dumb Coaches 9 November 2008
by Tony Medley
There's 1:24 left in the first half.
Pittsburgh is leading 17-7. Indianapolis has been woeful. Third and
four inside Pittsburgh's 15 yard line. Indianapolis has burned all
its timeouts. What do you do? You run the ball, burn off 30-45
seconds and punt, hoping that Indianapolis' ineffective offense
can't drive 30-40 yards to get in place for a field goal, right? Not
Pittsburgh's coach. He calls for a pass play! From his own 15!
Interception, putting Indianapolis in easy field goal position
without having to do much of anything.
Now it's time for Indianapolis' coach to be
stupid. He runs the ball with 20 seconds left. The guy is tackled
with 13 seconds left. It takes Indianapolis 4 seconds to figure,
"Gee, we better call a timeout." But with 9 seconds left,
Indianapolis throws a TD pass.
If Pittsburgh's coach just runs out the
clock and punts, there's less than a 50% chance Indianapolis will
get in position for a field goal. Instead, they got a touchdown and
instead of a fairly commanding 10 point lead at half time,
dominating the Colts, the Steelers dragged their behinds into the
locker room with a bare three point lead and facing a huge momentum
And you think coaches and managers know
anything about the games they run?