Ok, so I ranted a bit about our clock management last week. This week, there were some questionable things at the end of both halves.
First half... 14 seconds left on the clock. 2nd down. We kick a field goal. 14 seconds should have been enough to run at least one play, but we didn't bother, we ran out the field goal unit. Now, I said in my "game recap" post that Smith gave up on the offensive line at this point. That might well be true. But if he did give up on the offensive line at this point, what does that say about our team right now?
Second half... 1:44 to go. Rams have no timeouts. We have 1st and 10. We ran the ball on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd down. All we had to do was take a knee. Was Smith trying to get the offense to make one last push for a first down? Was he getting our young offensive linemen some extra work? What if we had fumbled? What if someone else had gotten hurt? Wasn't this a VERY unnecessary risk?
first, I think they kicked the FG because the play before Ryan got knocked down hard, and was looking out the side of his helmet...
That last part of the game, Smitty benched Baker, slid Holmes over and put Trueblood at RT for three plays.
So, it looks like Snith wanted to get Trueblood some reps in a regular season game. But, to me that is an unneccessary risk...You kneel down and prevent further injury or a possible fumble. That was bad in-game decision making, IMO.