Sports Medley: Why Jacksonville Lost 22 Jan 18
by Tony Medley
A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds.
Ralph Waldo Emerson.
Inept and Stupid: Jacksonville lost to New England for two reasons. The
first is the delay of game penalty near the end of the first half,
leading 14-3 with time running out, Jacksonville had a 3rd and 7 on New
Englandís 43. Quarterback Blake Bortles threw a 12 yard completion for a
first down on the Patriotsí 30 yard line, meaning that they were in good
shape for a field goal or a touchdown to lengthen the lead to either
17-3 or 21-3 going into the half. But, wait! Thereís a penalty! For
delay of game!
Get this, Bartles was so inept that coming out of a timeout, he couldnít
get the ball snapped in time! After failing on 3rd and 12 they were
forced to punt the ball to New England. Patriot quarterback Tom Brady
went the length of the field for a touchdown to go into the half
trailing only 14-10. That was at least a 10 point switch, if not a 14
point switch. That was the inept, and that alone was enough to cost them
the game. UCLA fans will be familiar with this particular idiocy because
Jim Moraís team did the exact same thing against Colorado last year.
But the stupid came in the in the 4th quarter when they were trying to
preserve a 3 point lead with their automated play calling. On every
first down they ran a line plunge, just as they had the entire game.
That was their game plan; run first, then pass. In the 4th quarter they
had possession three times with a 3 point lead. Patriots coach Bill
Belichick was ready for their first down run and flooded the box with
nine defenders. Anybody with at least half a brain would have called a
pass against that defense on first down, but not Jacksonville.
CBS brilliant commentator Tony Romo accurately stated before they
started running their plays in the 4th quarter that they had to do
something different on first and second down when New England wasnít
ready for it to keep possession. But they didnít. Confirming their
little minds, they stuck with their game plan running for little or no
gain on each first down and it constantly put them at 2nd and 9. Ergo,
they had to turn the ball back to New England, twice (even after
linebacker Myles Jacks had stolen the ball from a Patriotsí receiver to
thwart one of New Englandís advances). You canít do that against Tom
This just proves that football coaches are just as ill-thinking as
baseball managers. If I knew they had to pass on first down and if Tony
Romo knew they had to pass on first down, why didnít Jacksonville coach
Doug Marrone, who is paid millions of dollars to know more than Romo and
I know, have this knowledge? Itís easy to understand why Buffalo pays
him $4 million not to coach the Bills.
Another thing that the NFL playoffs have confirmed is the abject
ignorance of NFL coaches in judging talent. Quarterbacks Case Keenun and
Nick Foles, who faced each other in the NFC Championship game, have been
cast off by several teams who need a good quarterback. In fact the Rams
dumped both of them. Even their current coaches are fools because they
kept these guys on the bench until injuries forced the coaches to play
them. All the teams who are crying for a quarterback could have had both
of these for the price of a bus ticket. But, like former Dodgers manager
Don Mattingly who was too dumb to realize that Justin Turner was not
just the best hitter on the Dodgers roster, he was probably the best
hitter in baseball, all of these coaches are almost criminally lacking
in good judgement of talent.