A THINKING MAN'S FOOTBALL PLAY (BOTH SIDES)
posted at 11/16/2009 7:03 PM EST
The Jags are riding Maurice Jones-Drew's cape.
Now that was a weird end to a game at the Meadowlands. At the two-minute warning Sunday, the Jags trailed the Jets 22-21. New York had no timeouts left, and Jacksonville was going down the field in big chunks. When running backs coach Kennedy Pola and coach Jack Del Rio told Jones-Drew to take a knee at the one-yard line if he got that far, he said, "Really?'' And they explained why: The Jets were without timeouts, and if he could get to the one and then the Jags could bleed the clock, they could kick a field goal and go home with the win.
So on the next play, Jones-Drew burst through the middle -- unbeknownst to him, the Jets were instructed to not tackle -- and went down by himself at the one. A couple of Jets yelled, "C'mon! Score!'' Said Jones-Drew: "The Jets guys were laughing. One of them said, 'Why'd you do that?' '' The Jags let the clock run down, and Josh Scobee kicked the winning field goal at the gun.
"Great job not being selfish,'' Del Rio told Jones-Drew.
Now the Jags are 5-4, winners of three of four, and only a game out of the Wild Card. And Jones-Drew, with 1,080 rushing-receiving yards, is showing no signs of slowing in his first year as an every-down back.
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This illustrates the FACT that there is a something said for improvisation. Even when most modern day ballers would've raced into the end zone for personal glory, MJD was thinking what was best for his team.
In contrast, New Yorks coaching staff was also thinking ahead about what was the most advantageous move for them. A game of chess, and MJD found check mate. It's truly unfortunate, that the PATS were handicapped on Sunday by a lack of forethought.
Before you all start ripping me. I don't mind the decision to go for it on 4th and 2( I have a problem with the play selection on that play and the one prior), my problem is with them having absolutely no backup plan. They "froze" in shock because they failed to convert. They have to be better than that...