Late timeout by Indy
Posted By: Chuck Bower In Response To: Did any of you question this? -- US Football --OT (Bob Koca)
Date: Monday, 10 January 2011, at 8:44 p.m.
In Response To: Did any of you question this? -- US Football --OT (Bob Koca)
Situation: Jets trail by 2 and have the ball on the Colt 34-yardline, 1st and 10 with 36 seconds when they snap the ball and run for a 2 yard gain. With 29 seconds on the clock the Colts (yes, Colts, not Jets) call their last timeout. (New York has one timeout still in the bank.)
On the next play the Jets throw for an 18 yard gain giving them a 1st down at the Indy 16-yardline. They let the clock run down to 3 seconds and call timeout, bring the kicking team onto the field, and Folk makes a 32-yard field goal as time expires to get the victory.
This is not the kind of situation that the model can sort out, so I won't give results. But one can still ask: "what were they thinking?" Did Indy figure they would save enough time to get the ball back and have a chance to score themselves? Effectively I think they gave the Jets an extra play, which as it turns out they didn't need or use, AND they gave the Jets offense a chance to relax, regroup, and call a new series of plays. If Indy had called the TO because their defense needed to reset (e.g. to substitute rested players or players more suited for the expected upcoming plays) that might make sense. But from their coach's comments that you quote, it doesn't sound like that was the case.
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