I have no problem just playing for a FG down 2 with 1:30 (or so) left. In the NFL you should be able to count on your kicker making a FG.
Here is my problem. I have no issue with first and second down calls. You don't want to throw a pick while in FG range down by two. I get all that. Plus you make Atlanta use their timeouts making a comeback more difficult.
Here is where I have an issue. They playcall on 3rd down gave us virtually no chance to get a first down.
Why line up tight and run the ball right up the gut on 3rd and 5? Why not playaction bootleg with a run pass option for Cam. Get him to the outside.
Maybe that QB draw we used to run.
Or if you want to run the ball up the middle, spread the defense out. Make them cover the guys in the slot and unclog the LOS.
Going with a tight formation and running the ball up the middle has very little chance of succeeding.
If you bootleg Cam WORST case scenario he takes a sack and instead of 44 yard field goal you have a 49 yard field goal. That is WORST case scenario. Gano has plenty of leg to make 49 yard FG so there wouldn't be much of a difference.
If you get the first down, you can run out the clock and have an easier FG with no time on the clock. If you don't nothing ventured nothing gained. They still have to use a timeout and it is same result as if you ran it up the middle.
The problem isn't playing for a FG. I have no problem with that. My problem is, if you are playing for a FG, then why the playcalling that doesn't even have a chance at a 1st down and then kick the FG with no time left.
I just don't get it. This is a coaching staff and team that is playing and coaching scared right now. They are hoping that other people gift them a win. You have to go out there and take it in the NFL.