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 Post subject: Clock Management Part 2 (Rams)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 1:51 am 
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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?

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 Post subject: Re: Clock Management Part 2 (Rams)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 2:35 am 
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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.


Yea My guess was at the time Ryan had just taken a big shot in the ribs (again);
so get the three points and start strong on a good third quarter!!

In fact if I remember Ryan was not even trying to get them to huddle; if Smith sees Ryan waiting on the field goal Ryan is probably shook up.....

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 Post subject: Re: Clock Management Part 2 (Rams)
PostPosted: Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:01 am 
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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?

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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. :?

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 Post subject: Re: Clock Management Part 2 (Rams)
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I didn't like not taking shots at the end of the half. That is too conservative to me. Can't recall if we had any TOs left. And maybe Turner wasn't the problem. Walter Payton couldn't run behind this line. Truly a problem. Matt's gonna get killed back there. Bradford stood back scanning the field fairly unmolested.

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I didn't like not taking shots at the end of the half. That is too conservative to me. Can't recall if we had any TOs left. And maybe Turner wasn't the problem. Walter Payton couldn't run behind this line. Truly a problem. Matt's gonna get killed back there. Bradford stood back scanning the field fairly unmolested.



I dont think Smith would have kicked the FG if Ryan was able to perform. Considering his personality and how he played the rest of the game, my best guess is Ryan got the snot knocked out of him and Smitty took the path of least resistance. If Ryan was able to go, then yeah, I would agree that he pussied out.

Perhaps Pudge can weigh in since he gets to see better angles with the All22?

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