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Football Coaching 101

Suppose you have the ball with time winding down in the 4th quarter, and you are down by, say, 9 points.  Suppose you get the ball to the opponent’s 20 yard line or so with about a minute left.  What do you do?

You spike the ball and kick the field goal.  You have to score twice, you can’t waste time.  Kick the f%^king field goal. 

This happens in both the pros and in college.  Maddening, especially when it is your team that does.

posted on Saturday, November 14, 2009 6:03 PM Print
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# re: Football Coaching 101
Ryan Gray
11/16/2009 10:24 AM
Here's one I like - suppose you are down by 1 at the end of the game with no way to stop the other team from running the clock out, and the other team is stupid enough to run the ball. What do you do? LET THEM SCORE.
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# re: Football Coaching 101
jdn
11/16/2009 6:14 PM
Except if the other coach has taken coaching 102, he will have his player take a knee at the one.
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# re: Football Coaching 101
Ryan Gray
11/16/2009 9:17 PM
If he has taken coaching 102, his QB is taking a knee anyway.

I most recently saw this in the Miami (FL) / Oklahoma game earlier in the year. If the Sooners had simply elected not to tackle the RBs (who will never resist scoring), they would have had the ball back with well over a minute left down by 8.

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