Here's why I think that the recent timeout was a poor choice. First, and most obvious, you the more time Brees has left to work with, the better the chances that he will be able to get his team into field goal range.
True, but if the Falcons had scored on 3rd down and then Bosher kicked a touchback. With 49 seconds in the game, starting at their own 20, the Saints would have only had a 15% chance of winning the game. If Smitty had let the clock bleed another 30 seconds, that would have lowered the chances of the Saints winning the game to 7%. But again, I think that's really nothing more than nitpicking. Is it dumb to give your team an 85% chance of winning rather than a 93% chance of something?http://wp.advancednflstats.com/winprobcalc1.php
I don't disagree with the notion that leaving less time on the clock is better for the Falcons. That is without dispute and a no-brainer. But to call a coach dumb because of an extra 30 seconds left on the clock, I disagree with. Sure, it wasn't the best decision/outcome we could have hoped for. But that takes it from an A-level to a B-level. Yet, you're trying to argue it's D or F-level.
Second, you have the opposing defense on their heels. You gashed them for several plays. Now you're stopping your offense, which is on fire, and you're giving the defense a chance to get their stuff together.
But more importantly, you're giving that offense that chance as well. Which is the MOST IMPORTANT
thing since Mike Smith coaches the Atlanta Falcons not the New Orleans Saints.
Lastly, I don't buy that the coaching staff needs to take extra time to figure out what play that they want to run. Matter of fact, given the results, I'd say that the extra time taken was a mistake.
You mean the result
where Steven Jackson was in position to make the game-winning catch? Had Jackson hung onto the ball (and the same goes for Gonzalez on 4th down), the Falcons would have scored but that would have been a mistake? The mistakes were the drops, not the calls.
I would have preferred that we had no timeouts in that situation and had Matt Ryan make the call at the line. That drive was pretty much in Matt's hands anyway.
That's your opinion
. Look, I prefer
brunettes to blondes, but that doesn't mean that women with dark hair or more beautiful than women with light hair. And I certainly wouldn't call anyone dumb if they prefer blondes.