a question regarding using a timeout during the game from someone who never played organised football.
so I understand when on defense one would use a timeout even very early in a game since a single bust would result in a score.
but my question is in a specific situation very early in the game.
say the situation is 2 min into the first quarter, score is 0-0 and it's our ball 3rd and 12 on our own 40. the clock is ticking towards 0 and the sideline calls for timeout to prevent delay of game.
my inexperienced opinion would be why waste a TO in that case. i can understand if it was 3rd and short or in the redzone. or even if a blitzing defender is unaccounted by the line who would cut the QB in half. i can't say when exactly but i would observe such instances watching football.
curious how calling a TO at that instance outweighs the benefit of having that TO in the pocket to use for a 'maybe' situation at the end of the half.