In the first half, it was 3rd and a long 1. Why did we line up in the "I" formation and hand the ball to Lumsden 5 yards behind the line of scrimmage? What about a QB Keeper? or a RB or FB dive? (meaning you can get the back the ball right at the line of scrimmage and let them fall forward over the offensive line.) Or you punt the ball. I don't understand this call and we got burned on this play.
On the play where Pierce got hurt, Why did we accept the holding penalty, thus giving them another chance to pick up the first down? Our defence had stopped them and it would've been 3rd and 6, but for some reason we sent them back and made it 2nd and 16.
Now obviously I sort of understand the decision, because Jackson was coming in off the bench and a 2nd and long with a cold QB is something you should be able to defend. (Which we did. But what if he somehow picked up the first down? Why give them another chance?)
Perhaps the thinking was to take the 10 yards and move them out of field goal position, but correct me if I'm wrong, but weren't they already out of field goal position? The were around the 50.
- Why on earth would we go for two points with 21 seconds on the clock and trailing by 4 points? Yes, I understand the game is very close to being over and it would be a long shot to get the onside kick and then move the ball into range and kick a tying field goal.....but shouldn't we have at least gave ourselves a chance for that to happen?
By going for two points and not getting it at that point, essentially we ended the game even before we tried the onside kick.
I'm a supporter of Taaffe and our coaching staff but these are things that should be automatic in my mind. Especially the single point at the end of the game.....not the right call.