Originally Posted by Irving Cowboy
You do realize that if he misses then Washington gets the ball at their own 42, right? They punted instead. Made sense to me.
Yeah. That's always the risk but if it was such a worry, nobody would ever try long FGs.
When coupled with the fact that Garrett called for a 48 yard kick later in the game, his halftime BS is total idiocy. A shining example of how in over his head he is.
As the OP stated, it was 3rd down and Dallas had a 52 yard FG on the board.
If 52 is punting territory, where's the yard marker where he kicks it? IMO, you absolutely run the ball and for 2 reasons.
1. Murray's gonna get 2 or 3 yards. Now the kick is 49 yards.
2. You force Washington to use their last timeout. Now they have no timeouts and no matter what you do, they have to be conscious of the clock. Seeing how they just ran one play and then went to the half, maybe they don't use their last timeout and Dallas then takes the clock down to a few seconds and can now try a kick without any threat of giving the ball to the Skins.
In that situation, a made kick gives you a 3 point lead going into half. A missed kick gives the Skins the ball with 35 seconds or so and no timeouts.
Down 3....unless we assume the defense collapses. I'm content with calling a FG likely.
When he elected the for the kick later on, Dallas was still going to need a TD to get the lead anyway. Washington would have had a full quarter to work with too and extend their lead.
He literally passed on an opportunity to take the lead at half with a kick but later made the opposite decision in a situation that could have resulted in Washington putting the game out of reach.
His decision making is completely stupid. You cannot justify passing on a long kick when you have the chance to get a lead and then later take a slightly shorter kick when the worst case outcome for you is having the opponent put the game out of reach.
This, is just another example in a long list of examples. Not much different than a couple of weeks back when Murray bailed him out with a terrific run to move the sticks.
He doesn't know how to manage the game. End of story. He is in over his head.