Captain Hindsight. So you're saying putting the ball at the opposing team's 1 yard line when they have no timeouts with 1 minute remaining is a bad decision? Listen, I'm all for aggressive play calling, but your'e hating on a good call, with TERRIBLE player execution. How about take into account that everyone knows Matt Ryan has a noodle for an arm, and threw the equivalent of a last second hail mary (which was a complete floater) into double coverage, that should have been swatted down by even the crappiest of players, and Nakamura had one of the biggest choke plays I've ever seen. And even THAT play didn't seal the deal for the falcons. It took Josh Norman choking a few times after that too. You are seeing one thing happen and blaming it on another.
Not gonna argue this anymore because there really is no argument here.
yes. i'm saying that now. i said it then. i say it every time i see it. it's a bad idea.
the terrible play execution had been happening all game. we were getting torched. we were going against one of the best passing offenses in the league and we were getting beat repeatedly. that was one thing you could absolutely count on.
the choke was the call rivera made in punting it. it was a bad situation to put your team in. the safer and smarter decision was keeping the ball in your offenses hands.
you're right...there is no argument there. it was a bad decision because the results should have been anticipated based on how the secondary had been.
that wasn't the only time that rivera had given away a game by giving the other team the ball and he's not the only coach that does it. fox is sitting at home this weekend because he did the same thing. mike smith was almost sitting at home because of the same thing and pete carroll is sitting at home because after his team rallied back to take the lead, they left the falcons too much time.
if the score is tight and there's time left on the clock, you have to anticipate the other team being able to come back. not anticipating it when it's so easy to do it is just dumb and coaches are going to keep getting bitten in the butt until they figure it out. when the game is on the line, you don't give the other team a chance to score. you either add to your score or keep the ball in your own hands.