It’s late in the game and it’s 4th and 15 on your own 30 yard line and your opponent goes for it all by having the quarterback heave the football towards the end zone. The defensive safety or cornerback eyes the long heave and intercepts the ball thinking they have saved the day by intercepting the ball 10 yards from your goal line. As many of his teammates congratulate him on the pick, how many of those individuals realize the interception was a bad idea. If your defender had dropped the ball or knocked it down, your team would have gained 50 yards by taking over on downs on the opponent’s 30 yard line instead of your own 10. It’s hard to teach your defensive players not to intercept on 4th down (unless it’s a pick 6), but that’s exactly what they should do if they want to gain a larger competitive advantage. Guys, I know it’s good for your individual stats or looks good on TV but are you helping your team as much as possible? If not, it’s a painful interception.
FICKLE TITANS’ FANS?
Little rain in Nashville so you see many people wearing rain vests and ponchos in the stands. If you look closely, there are many empty seats even though it’s a sellout. Are these Tennessee fans literally fair weather? A few weeks ago, I attended a wet and dreary game in Green Bay. All afternoon, the clouds looked ominous and 5 minutes before kickoff, the rain settled in. It rained off and on during the entire game. I may have seen a dozen empty seats at the Lambeau. Are there more things to do in Nashville besides football or do Packer fans relish in the ability to handle touch weather? Or both?
When was the last time you saw a backup quarterback replace an injured starter and then throw a pass on the first play? That rarely occurs unless it’s “crunch time” in the NFL. I’d love to see the replacement quarterback or his replacement get into a game and act like Brett Favre, the gunslinger. Throw the ball on every play. It’s highly unlikely to happen but would love to see a new quarterback have so much moxy and confidence to try to take over a game after the starter was injured.
IS YOUR BEST DEFENSE SOMETIMES A STRONG OFFENSE?
Is your best defense a strong offense? Should you go for the jugular when you’re ahead by 7 or 10 points and have the ball? Should you take some calculated chances to help reach your ultimate goal is to gain another first down or two and then run out the clock.
Mike McCarthy of the NFL Packers and Urban Meyer of the Ohio State Buckeyes are two coaches who protect the lead by engaging in conservative play calls. Often, they are forced to deploy their defense to stop the opponent. Ideally, that’s too risky and I’d rather have coaches call creative but conservative calls to keep the ball on offense as long as they can. If the offense keeps the ball for a number of first downs, that can act as the best defense. Ideally, you’d love your offense to run out the clock by playing “keep away” and not giving the ball back to your opponent.
WHEN WILL DIRECT TV SHOW AN AD WHEN SHOWING THE LOVE FOR NFL FOOTBALL
I love these Direct TV commercials during NFL football games (and other ads for that matter) where they show an actual football game during the commercial. Mind you, if they were realistic, during these commercials, they would only show the game 60 percent of the time, the rest of the time would be showing commercials on the screen during the commercial.
THIRD DOWN CONVERSATION MIGHT SAY IT ALL
During the Broncos-Eagles game a few weeks ago, Denver was 5 for 8 on 3rd down conversions. First, they only had 8 attempts to convert on 3rd down. That’s incredible, especially considering that they scored 52 points. Plus, they were unsuccessful only 3 times out of 8. Most teams have 12 or more 3rd down attempts and a good day is a success rate of 50%. If they continue to play in that efficient matter, the only ones that could stop them are themselves.
IS PINK RIBBONS AND MUCH CANCER RESEARCH THE KEY TO ELIMINATING BREAST CANCER?
Isn’t it great how the NFL is honoring breast cancer week? I’m not sure it needs to go on for the entire month of October but most NFL fans would say this is a noble cause.
Having said that, when will we as a society have an honest discussion about breast cancer in America? Some questions that come to my inquiring mind. Why is breast cancer in so much of the news these days? Do all Westernized countries have similar rates of breast cancer like the US? Do other Westernized countries find more and more cancer treatment facilities springing up in various parts of their country like the US? Is breast cancer uncommon in India or China?
I think it’s great the NFL is highlighting this cause although I’d love our society to have an honest and frank discussion about some of it’s causes and potential proactive ways to prevent such a dreadful disease.