Sunday, September 14, 2008

I Should Be A Head Coach

Jets are down, 19-10, with 3:53 left on the clock and two timeouts. It's 4th and 23 on their own 7 yard line. What should they do?

It's obvious to me they should go for it. Needing two scores, the Jets would need two possessions. If the Jets punt, they will have to give the ball to the Patriots twice in order to get their two possessions and scores (the first being the punt, the second the kickoff after the first score). In that situation, you've got to limit the Patriots to zero, maybe one first down after the punt, then score and recover an onside kick. If the Jets go for it on 4th and 23, sure they have to get 23 yards, but then they just have to recover an onside kick (or kick it away and limit the Patriots to 0-1 first downs).

Of course, Mangini kicked it, effectively giving up. God I hate traditional play calling.
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