Baffling Cortez Decisions

While I like Cortez as the head coach, I still find these decisions a bit baffling:

  1. At the end of the game, the 'Cats are in Argo territory and on third down decide to run the ball (which they fumble and recover anyway) instead of kicking a field goal. These teams play against each other four times and point differential can be a determining factor. The Argos needed two scores to win the game and even a missed field goal return for a TD would not have given the Argos a win, so in my mind there are no excuses.

  2. I'll never agree that Cobourne should not be on the game day roster. He should be in the line-up, alternating with Walker, especially on short yardage situations. It seems to me Cobourne would be more valuable to have available than Onrea Jones as a back-up receiver and occasional punt returner. If not Walker, than Ike Brown. We don't need seven linebackers dressed for each game, not matter how much they need Brown for special team coverage.

  3. Not using Quinton Porter on short yardage situations, like Bellefeuille used him last year. No need for Burris to be taking any unnecessary shots when Porter is almost unstoppable in these situations. EVERY other team in the league uses their back-up QB on short yardage plays.

One thing that bothered me was on the third and one gamble at the end, they lined up in shotgun. They did the same thing in the BC game. For an offensive guru, Cortez has not called a good game. He really should have hired an offensive co-ordinator.

I can't quite say I like Cortez and I totally agree with you for once 'pope. I still say Cobourne needs to be in that game. Teams are now starting to get a beat on Walker. This is when we should be using Avon to mix things up.

Great minds think alike. Oh, never mind. You're not the one with a great mind....lol. :slight_smile:

I am OK with this decision. This would have been a 40 yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the game d if we missed, we really would not want to give them a chance for a return. Also, it was 3rd and 5, so the hope was to run more time off the clock (and maybe get the first down).

I agree on this one. We need to give walker a break once in a while.

I agree. Every other team does this and Q was fantastic at this last year.

Hopefully he reads your posts and learns something about football. :lol:

Seriously, this is his first crack at being “the man”, so there is still a learning curve. He has surrounded himself with experienced assistants who hopefully are unafraid of pointing out that the emperor is not wearing clothes when they need to, or, at the least, he looks at these boards, in his spare time of course, and picks up a hint or two. People generally learn by making mistakes. If he didn’t make any obvious ones he would never learn.

I suspect that the intention on that play was for Burris to bootleg from the shotgun with the thought that the execution of the play would chew up all or most of the remaining time. The botched exchange on the shotgun snap forced Burris to go conservative and just jump on the ball. I think the idea was that if the play went according to plan, it might have been the last of the game.

I believe that I read / heard that Avon is not yet in game shape and that is why he hasn't been suited up yet.

Another "baffling" decision from an earlier game... Coach pulls Burris with more than 2 mins left in the half. Porter goes in and for two consecutive drives, hands off twice for 2 two and outs when there was time to move the ball and even score. Wasted downs in a loss. Might not have gotten the win but it seemed like they "gave up" to get out of the half.

X2! Well stated, my friend!

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Regarding point #1, I do agree with Chewy. As Safetyblitz said, the plan seemed to be to run time off the clock and not give Owens a chance to return a missed FG for a TD. The decision may have been right, but the execution definitely was not.

I also agree on point #2, as I'm not sure how much we're paying Cobourne to literally do nothing during games. He would be utilized more often than Jones. And I'm not sure if he's in game shape or not, but he seemed to be fine in those preseason games. I suppose he also needs to get to know the playbook, but how much more time should he need?

As for that third point, I have been saying for some time that because Porter has done well in short yardage situations, not putting him in those situations is essentially fixing something that is far from being broken.

Except that in this game, Jones was really the only backup receiver, and was needed with Williams injured in the 2nd half.

Also, Burris seems timid when he runs the sneak, like he's tip-toeing into the line.
Porter seems more willing to bury his head and plunge through.

[quote="Chewbaca1973"][quote="mightypope"]While I like Cortez as the head coach, I still find these decisions a bit baffling:

I am OK with this decision. This would have been a 40 yard field goal with 11 seconds left in the game d if we missed, we really would not want to give them a chance for a return. Also, it was 3rd and 5, so the hope was to run more time off the clock (and maybe get the first down).

When I complained about the Cats giving up safties, I was told field goals were automatic. That it was better to give up 2 then the automatic 3 for the field goal, and possibly the 7.

Interesting choice of words. Often teams who give up a safety then do give up a field goal or touchdown. Might as well punt and save the two points.