Tuesday, October 25, 2005

It's Not Just Coaches, It's Everybody.

OK, I've written about how retarded it is that coaches don't understand how much time short passing plays take (20 yard and under passes). But apparently it is the conventionally accepted thing that such plays take HUGE amounts of time. It is absolutely inexplicable, given that anybody who's paid attention to football has witnessed approximately 450,000 such plays in their lifetime and thus presumably would noticed this detail by now.

Nope. I just read this on a weekend wrap-up (emphasis added): "Here's what I mean: late in the second quarter – with the Eagles leading 7-0 – Donovan McNabb hit Terrell Owens on a third-and-5 to pick up seven yards and a first down. Owens also managed to get out of bounds, stopping the clock with just 15 seconds remaining. It's important to point out, by the way, that the Eagles had already wasted all their timeouts by lining up incorrectly, getting to the line of scrimmage late, etc. So when McNabb and the Eagles ran a play on first-and-10 from the San Diego 13-yard-line, they had to be careful: they could take one shot at the end zone before attempting a field goal, but they needed to make sure they stopped the clock in time if they didn't get in."

Retarded. Totally retarded. A minimum of two passing plays is possible, and I would wager that if there were no scrambling on any of the plays, all three downs could be passes to the corner where they would be TDs or uncatchables. Now, coaches are pussies, as I've mentioned, so this would never happen. And announcers are too stupid to grasp this so they never point it out, so there's no public pressure on coaches to be more aggressive with the time. And "pundits" like the person who wrote this for foxsports.com don't do any deep thinking either.

But it's simple. You're on the 15. You line everyone up on one side, isolating Owens or your main big/tall physical receiver on the other. Then he runs 25 yards in 3 seconds - 3 SECONDS! - to the corner of the end zone where he can catch the lofted ball. OK, let's get crazy and give him an extra second for a move or two. Remember, these receivers all run 4.5, 4.4 40 yard dashes. And we only need 25 yards from the 15 to the very back of the end zone. This is not hard. No QB is going to get sacked in 1 or 1.5 seconds (remember the ball is in the air almost immediately on such a play) so there's no need to scramble or worry about protection. Now, try and imagine such a play taking even 5 seconds. Go on, try it. It's crazy.

Three plays, people. You're on the 15. You have 15 seconds! Your top WR, particularly a tall, physical one, should be able to catch one of three such balls. You know, you're allowed to start 4th down if there is only 1 second on the clock. The FG doesn't have to split the uprights before the clock actually ticks zero. It's a rule. You can look it up. Jesus H. Christ, people.

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