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oubronco
02-10-2010, 08:44 AM
SB lesson No. 3: Make bold coaching decisions

By Lindsay Jones FORT LAUDERDALE — Press boxes (even auxillary ones) are cheer-free zones. But when a coach makes a crazy, gutsy call, it’s only natural to gasp.

That was the case for plenty of us media types at the start of the second half last night when Saints coach Sean Payton made the bold decision to onside kick to start the third quarter.

Because punter Thomas Morehead executed the kick perfectly and special teamer Chris Reis managed to come out of what was surely a nasty scrum with the ball for the Saints.

It was a crazy call, maybe, but it turned out to be the right one. Payton knew how his team had closed the first half and wanted to maintain that momentum. He gambled, and won.

Broncos coach Josh McDaniels made his share of interesting calls in 2009, like deferring the opening kickoff against the Colts, that screen pass to Ryan Clady against Oakland, the “Wild Horse” series to open the game against New England.

McDaniels was criticized for some, praised for others.

The lesson from Sunday’s Super Bowl, though, is that sometimes it pays to be bold. Sometimes those decisions work — like the onside kick. Sometimes they don’t — like the Saints’ failed fourth-and-goal run late in the second quarter.

But in order to win the big games, you can’t be conservative.

Some said the Broncos were too conservative at times this year, especially on offense. As Josh McDaniels and Kyle Orton continue to grow more comfortable with each other, perhaps that will change. Based on the emails I got throughout the season, I know you fans are hoping it will. Conservative (like the Colts often were Sunday) can be effective, but man, isn’t it more fun to watch the crazy?

TonyR
02-10-2010, 09:25 AM
The lesson from Sunday’s Super Bowl, though, is that sometimes it pays to be bold. Sometimes those decisions work — like the onside kick. Sometimes they don’t — like the Saints’ failed fourth-and-goal run late in the second quarter.

Yup, and Payton would have been crucified if that onside kick failed and the Colts rolled down the field and scored and ended up winning the game. That would have been considered a key point of failure. So not only does the coach have to make some bold decisions but the players must execute when he does.

oubronco
02-10-2010, 09:28 AM
Yup, and Payton would have been crucified if that onside kick failed and the Colts rolled down the field and scored and ended up winning the game. That would have been considered a key point of failure. So not only does the coach have to make some bold decisions but the players must execute when he does.

It was a lucky call the ball hit the Colt right in the face if he gets the ball Jugghead would've made them pay

Rohirrim
02-10-2010, 09:42 AM
No guts, no glory. ;D

TonyR
02-10-2010, 11:48 AM
...it's funny that Sean Payton was praised effusively after the game for two decisions that were basically foiled -- a fourth-and-goal run that got stuffed (but inadvertently prevented Peyton Manning from unleashing a two-minute drive and DID lead to a New Orleans field goal), and a surprise onside kick that didn't surprise Baskett at all (only he reacted like one of the bomb detonation guys from "Hurt Locker").

http://sports.espn.go.com/espn/page2/story?page=simmons/100208&sportCat=nfl

bendog
02-10-2010, 12:17 PM
The 4th and goal call wasn't so much a gamble. Even if they don't score, they give manning the long field with under two mins and 2 to's. They'd been practicing the on sides kick for a week.
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simmons is struggling with the fact that he's not funny while kissing suzy kolber is, and he knows it

TonyR
02-10-2010, 12:43 PM
The 4th and goal call wasn't so much a gamble. Even if they don't score, they give manning the long field with under two mins and 2 to's.

Keep reading, he pretty much says this:

We saw two situations last night that drive me crazy when they are mismanaged. The first was New Orleans going for it on fourth-and-goal in the first half. I believe you go for it every time. By settling for three points, you're giving up 20-30 yards of field position. If you score a touchdown, it's a huge boost for your team. If you don't get it, the other team is trapped down there and you're probably getting the ball back at midfield, anyway. It perplexes me when teams kick in that spot. Same for screwing up those fourth-and-longs from the 30-35-yard range -- if you don't have a kicker who can definitely make it, pin them inside the 10 with a punt. The three points aren't worth the possibility of NOT making it. Right?

broncogary
02-10-2010, 05:38 PM
It was a lucky call the ball hit the Colt right in the face if he gets the ball Jugghead would've made them pay

I agree with this.