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Another Game Theory Debacle
Another weekend of pulling my hair out watching coaches or players making the most amazingly stupid decisions. Ryan Mundy is my hall of famer for biting onthe 2nd and 1 in The Game in 06. This weekend was great.
Fat Bastard Genius Weis-Up 14-0 they stop Mich near midfield. Mich faces a 4th and 2 a place to be wary of the fake. We line up and ND calls time out, Mich still goes thru half their play before they hear the whistle so you see the roll out punt. The ND brain trust sees all this talks about it and they overload the formation to the other side Zoltan rolls out no one is there and 1st down. Simply amazing.
Not sure of the coverage I think cover 3 on ND's bomb. What in the name of Mundy is Harrison thinkin?? ND hasn't ran the ball in 2 years we have a great front 4 they don't need safeties in run support. How he can take a false step on 1 and 10 is beyond me just terrible. If it's the Lions and your front 7 is getting blown up yeah maybe, but the ND rush game in the 1st qtr come on.
Romeo Crennel last night is too much down 10-3 with 5 minutes at the Pit 30 he hands off to J. Lewis then huddles on 2nd down hand to J. Lewis then huddle. 3rd down incomplete pass. It's 4th and 6.....then he brings the FG team out??? Are you kidding?? Let's see what are the better odds make a 4th and 6 or make a 40yd fg in a slopped up field with wind and rain, kick off into the wind and don't allow Pitt 1 1st down then march 70yds with no timeouts and get a td which you haven't acomplished in the 1st 58 minutes of the game. Fire him now.
The decision which actually has some merit to debate was Shannahan going for 2 and the win. For the situation I love it. His D had stopped no one in the 2nd half so instead of letting your game rest on a coin flip he took matters into his own hands. Most times I 'm not sure I would agree, but given his d's perfoprmance I liked it. Then with 24 seconds and no time outs they allow SD to complete a pass and get out of bounds adn was an inch from getting into fg position. No idea how that happens...
So far from Rich Rod I did not like allowing Sheridan to throw against Utah at the end of the half and swinging a pass to Minor seemed kinda senseless on the 1st drive but so far not a lot of data in yet.
Rod did fall into the same thing I see a lot of coaches fall into when games are getting out of control. We should have went for it in the 4th qtr when we were way down. I think a lot of times coaches are worried about giving away points and getting blown out. Chances were very slim for a comeback, 3 scores with 7 minutes to go, but there is nothing to lose other than some meaningless scores just keep going for it.
Thanks for your time, let me know your thoughts or other boneheaded play you saw this week.