Early in the game the Ti-Cats went on 3rd and 1 when they were in field goal range. At the time we were down 7 to 3.
While I don't have a problem with going for it, I really have to question the play that was called. They handed off to Lumsden about 3 yards back from the line of scrimmage behind another back.
I may not be a coach, but I can tell you that I have seen my share of attempts on 3rd and a yard or less, and that is a low percentage call. The defense keyed on Jesse and had plenty of time to get to him before he got to the line of scrimmage.
Here is what I feel are the simple rules when your team has a 3rd and 1:
When it's a half a yard or less, quarterback sneak works 90% of the time, as long as the QB can make an athletic push
When it's more then half a yard, without making a risky passing or trick play, you make a quick hand off close to the line of scrimmage, preferably to a fullback. The play must be quick, and the RB must not be too deep in the backfield or the defense often penetrates and you don't make it.
The key to the play is the timing of the snap, the speed of the play development, and of course the ability for the O-Line to make a strong forward surge. Anything that is slow gives the defense a chance to get in the backfield. This is dangerous and often results in the ball being turned over on downs.
For the 'Cats, this means Radelin or Dickenson getting the ball. Want to add a little deception, put Holmes or Lumsden in the backfield, and the D won't be able to key on one player.
What did you think of the call? What do you think is the best call when it's 3rd and more then a half a yard?