Fraidy Cat Coaches vs. the 4th Down Bot

Sports. Mostly Football.
Long have IĀ held the position that most football coaches either are on automatic pilot with their situational football decisions or that they make decisions based on what questions they will be asked later and who to either credit or blame for the outcomes. To quote Herm Edwards, "You play to win the game," which was his response to reporters who questioned his bold decision rather than accept a defeatist move that they would approve of. Example: if a coach sends in the punt unit when the team is down by 10 in the second quarter, ball at the opponent's 40 yard line, that's what's expected of him. The line "The team is forced to punt" is spoken many times every Sunday by the commentators. I have a newsflash for you.…
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Desiring Boldness in the NFL

Sports. Mostly Football.
It's a new football season, which means a new Tuesday Morning Quarterback season. This year, Gregg Easterbrook can be found at NYTimes.com. Gregg has convinced me that going for a 4th down conversion is the logical move more often than most head coaches will admit, among other unorthodox strategies that have statistical support, but not the support of the "experts." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IMk5sMHj58I You tell 'em, coach. The reason to make any call is to win the game, not to avoid uncomfortable questions from the press. Making fraidy cat decisions my point the blame of a loss at your kicker or the holder or what have you, but they seldom are instrumental in victory. You might win with them, but you just don't win because of them. Correlation does not equal causation.…
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