Originally Posted by Risen Star
It's amazing what the flight of a football can determine. If that kick hooks, Garrett's the fool who didn't try to get closer with 50 seconds and two timeouts left.
He did the same coaching job that got him killed in the Ravens loss but the kick stayed true this time.
I'm sorry, but this is completely ridiculous.
It was a 42-yard field goal with 50 seconds left. They ran once, after which it was 40. That's somewhere around an 88% proposition league-wide, better than that for Bailey. Bailey has NEVER missed a field goal between 30 and 45 yards.
Could they have run one more running play on second down? Sure; I would probably argue that they should have. But that's it. There's no way from there that you're throwing the ball. Period. You might add one or two percentage points to the kick, but the risk you run is far far greater, especially given how bad the OL looked. False start, holding, sack, TFL, any of those could kill our chances. This was clearly the right percentage play.
The FG in the Ravens game was 51 yards. This one was 40. There's no comparison. Oh, and you're way off about the game management in the Ravens game, too. We ran our last play with 26 seconds left and only one TO. You can't take the TO there and risk another play - if it ends up in bounds, there may not be time to spike it or run out the kicking team. You can rush the play there and save the time out, but can you do that and guarantee the play doesn't run out the clock with only 20 seconds left? You may disagree with the decision, but it's not the no-brainer you try to make it out to be.