Perhaps it was carryover from The Belichick Gamble last Sunday. But coaches across the country sure did seem clueless over the weekend. And before we claim it’s because they are clueless to begin with, the most perplexing decision was made by an Ivy Leaguer!
- Harvard is obviously a smarter school than Yale. Leading 10-7 with just over two minutes left, Yale’s Tom Williams called for a fake punt, ON 4TH AND 22 FROM THE BULLDOGS’ 26! Needless to say, it failed, Harvard scored and Yale lost. “If anyone is looking for somebody to blame, blame this guy right here,” Williams said after the game. I DO!
- Les needed more time. LSU’s Les Miles let 15 seconds run off the clock before calling a timeout to set up a desperation 4th and 26 play. Sure enough, after a Hail Mary secured the first down, there wasn’t any time to spike the ball and kick the winning field goal against Ole Miss. NOW THAT’S CLOCK MANAGEMENT AT ITS FINEST!
- Dumb and dumber. Down 17-15 with just over two minutes left against the unbeaten Colts, the Ravens gave up a first down by inches. Instead of just challenging the spot, Baltimore’s John Harbaugh called a timeout to stop the clock, THEN challenged the call. When the review went against them, the Ravens had their final timeout taken away as well. Compounding that stupidity, when the Colts punted, Ed Reed tried to lateral the ball and Indy recovered to seal the win.
- We’d rather try and stop the guy with 4 TD passes. The Browns led the Lions, 37-31, with one untimed down coming after pass interference on the last play of regulation. Matthew Stafford, who had already thrown 4 TD passes, was out of the game, having been shaken up on the previous play. Thankfully for Detroit, Cleveland’s Eric Mangini was dumb enough to call timeout, which allowed Stafford to come back in. Given the chance to return, Stafford tossed the game-winner and sent Mangini to another loss.
- Maybe wait until the game is played. Broncos’ coach Josh McDaniels told a San Diego linebacker during pregame warmups that Denver “owned” them. After beating them once this year, it seemed a bit of a stretch. After getting thrashed 32-3 and falling out of first place after a 6-0 start, it would be a stretch to say the Broncos own anything but a four-game losing streak.
- Words that come back to haunt you. Charlie Weis said a 6-5 record doesn’t cut it as head coach. That was before he took the job at Notre Dame. Needless to say, those words were repeated before, during and after the Irish lost to UConn Saturday to fall to, you guessed it, 6-5. I hope Weis savored the walk off the field at Notre Dame Stadium, because it was the last one he’ll ever make as the head coach.
THERE IT IS!