You’d think with the ending of Super Bowl 49 being so fascinating that coaches and players would have started to pay attention. But Situational football is only getting worse. Here are some examples from yesterday. I didn’t see all the games, so I’m sure there are many more examples.
Chargers @ Chiefs
Philip Rivers blew all 3 first half timeouts, the 3rd with 14:10 left in the 2nd qtr.
Rivers blew the 1st 2nd half timeout in the 3rd qtr.
With a chance to win the game after the Chargers defense allowed a comeback, the Chargers only had 1 timeout and the drive went nowhere. In overtime, they never got the ball, as the Chiefs TD on the opening drive ended the game.
Packers @ Jaguars
Down 7, Bortles blows last timeout with 7:29 left in the 4th qtr.
Raiders @ Saints
The Saints kept throwing, leaving enough time on the clock for Derek Carr to beat them.
After going up 35-34 on a 2 point conversion with :47 left, Crabtree insists on celebrating so much he gets a penalty. Sebastian Janikowski and the Raiders special teams bail him out, putting the Saints at the 20. Raiders rush 3 and play prevent, Brees completes 23 yd pass. Spike. Raiders rush 3 and play prevent, Brees completes 15 yd pass. Spike. Raiders rush 3 and play prevent, incomplete. 61 yd FG missed. And Del Rio gets celebrated.
The 2 point conversion call was correct, but earlier in the game Del Rio had DJ Hayden play press man against Brandon Cooks. The result was an easy 98 yard touchdown pass to Cooks. So let’s not celebrate Jack Del Rio too much. He’s still an idiot.
Lions @ Colts
Down 34-28, with the ball at the opponent’s 12 yd line, Colts HC Chuck Pagano calls timeout with 1:15 to go instead of running the play clock down to 1 and calling timeout with about :45 left. The Lions use the time Pagano left on the clock to win the game with a FG.
When asked about it, Pagano said he did it to get the personnel right, which has nothing to do with the point, as he could change personnel after running the clock down some more. He not only screwed up, he didn’t understand how or why he screwed up, so he’ll do it again.
Giants @ Cowboys
The Cowboys had :12 on the clock and no timeouts, and needed to get some yardage for a game-winning FG attempt. The pass was complete to Terrance Williams. Instead of running out of bounds, he turned around and ran up field, getting tackled, and the clock ran out.