Coaches weigh in...should Bradshaw have stopped at the 1
What would yo have done? That's the question that Mark Viera of the New York Times posed about the last few possessions of the Super Bowl. To be more specific, they asked:
It is second-and-goal from the 6, and there will be 1 minute 4 seconds left to play in the Super Bowl when the ball is snapped. You are coaching the team that is on offense and is trailing, 17-15. Both teams have one timeout left. What do you instruct your players to do?
The only thing that coaches ranging from NFL coaching veteran Dan Reeves to D-III Middlebury head coach Bob Ritter could agree on, is it's a tough call. Take a look at their answers.
Former coach of the Giants, the Broncos and the Falcons
“No question, I would use the clock and make them use their timeout. It’s a heck of a gamble to give the ball back to Tom Brady with 57 seconds and a timeout. But that’s probably the reason I never won a Super Bowl as a head coach.”
Former coach at Boise State and Colorado
“What you’d not want to do is hand it to your tailback. You might just want to have your quarterback just center the ball and lay on it, to burn the clock a little bit, and then kick the field goal to win the game. If you’ve got like a minute on the clock, that’s a lot of time. I would not want to give it up to Tom Brady by any means. But in a 1,000-page book of coaching, that’s probably on Page 1,000. You have to go through 999 scenarios first. This isn’t Football 101. This is like doctorate-level stuff.”
Former coach at Westlake High School in Waldorf, MD.
“Do I have Lawrence Tynes or my high school kicker? If I have my high school kicker, I’m telling them to score a touchdown. But if it was Tynes, I would take try to leave as little time as possible and go for the kick, because it’s a high-percentage kick. That way it leaves as little time as possible for Tom Brady to throw a Hail Mary.”
Former coach at Oregon
“Don’t score. I would try to go to the 1-yard line and force them to use their last timeout. Third down, try to crack it in the end zone, and if not, you can use your final timeout. That’s what we would do. We would line up on third down, having taken as much time as possible off the clock, and then you either score on your quarterback sneak or a dive, and if you don’t get it, you kick the field goal to win the game.”
Former coach at Michigan
“If Tom Brady is sitting on that other sideline, I would much rather have a 4-point lead, but there’s no guarantee you’re going to score.”
Coach at Southern Methodist
“I think you always score. You’ve got to score. I think that’s the percentage play. But if they had not scored on that run, then you consider just centering it up on third down and kicking the field goal to win it.”
Coach at St. John’s University in Collegeville, Minn.
“In a big game last year against our archrival, our guy hit the left post and it bounced out, so I don’t trust the kickers so much anymore. I probably would go for it and hope our defense would stop them. It turns out the Giants were right.”
E. J. MILLS
Coach at Amherst (Mass.) College
“You’ve got to score. In a perfect world, you would maybe on second down get stopped on the 2, then run some clock and run it in on third down. But really, I think you’ve got to score the points there, even though you’re giving it over to Brady.”
Coach at Middlebury (VT.) College
“In our situation, at Division III, we’re getting in the end zone because a field goal for us isn’t as automatic. Then for the other guys to go 80 yards in 50 seconds is very difficult. So I think that’s got to be part of you calculation is who you’re giving the ball back to.”
Coach at Dodge City (Kan.) Community College
“We would have got the ball to the middle of the field, knelt down and let the clock run and kick it with a little time as possible. We practice that every Friday, as a matter of fact. You don’t want Brady with the ball in his hands late.”
Behind the scenes: Rutgers players find out Kyle Flood got the job
Always fun to watch these videos...
Slow cook strength training at Penn State
New Penn State director of strength and conditioning Craig Fitzgerald invited the cameras in the weight room to capture some off season workouts.
Fitzgerald says that they focus on football specific moves, and explosive full range motions concentrating on lifts that put them in football positions with their feet on the ground.
Coach Fitzgerald also referred to the weight program as "slow cooking" the athletes in the respect that they want to focus on getting really good at the lifts, and appeal to the competitive nature in each athlete to bump up in weight as the movements become second nature.
Signing day with Tim Beckman
Illinois has released a video highlighting Tim Beckman's first signing day with the Illini.
Beckman talks about the recruiting process, the early morning wait for the eastern time zone letters of intent, and the importance of preparing for the 2013 class right away.
Do not turn the TV off during the Superbowl
Comedian Jimmy Kimmel asked his viewers to do the unthinkable last week...he asked them to pull the plug during an important moment of the game and to capture their friends reactions on video.
Unthinkable in certain parts of the country (i.e. the Southeast).
Not what you usually find on FootballScoop; but goodness some of the reactions are hilarious.
Catching up with Rutgers' Kyle Flood
ESPN caught up with Kyle Flood to talk his interview with Athletic Director Tim Pernetti and what will change under his leadership.
Flood says that during his interview with Pernetti he told him that "...in our profession secrets are not very well kept. I know you’re going to talk to some coaches. On paper, they're good football coaches. But I can tell you this: there's nobody better for this job than me, and nobody who will care more for Rutgers football than me."
When Flood was asked what will change under his leadership, he responded by saying that the core values of the program will stay the same, but his coaching personality is different than Schiano's.
"I want to take the things that are really good and I want to make them great. It’s not a situation where the head coach was let go because they weren’t winning. This is a team that's won five straight bowl games in the last six years. This is a really good team and we want to advance it forward."
Flood added that you accomplish that by "taking the little things and making them better".
Sit down with Hugh Freeze
The Clarion Ledger's Hugh Kellenberger sat down with Hugh Freeze for the first time since his hiring on December 5th recently to talk about how things have progressed since his arrival on campus.
On the installation of the new offensive and defensive schemes, Freeze said “With the staff we’re starting and we can do everything. You can’t with the players right now. We’re going to start mat drills soon, where you’ll have some (individual work) and some meeting time. We’re going to do about eight days of that, coming up soon. I think the most important thing that is happening with them right now is the work ethic that’s being established by coach Jackson and the strength program. He’s doing a really nice job. I think their attitudes have been great. Every report I get from him is that he’s really pleased. I think we have a ways to go physically but he’s been pleased with their attitude.”
Freeze said that while at Arkansas State, he felt that 90% of the team had bought into the staff's vision for the program. Citing that he thought there were only a small handful who weren't completely invested, he gave much of the credit to Steve Roberts who was able to bring in 4 recruiting classes to Freeze's 1. A major part of their success last season was because they had so few guys who the coaching staff had to wonder "Oh gosh, what’s he going to do tonight?" and had a senior class that was focused on going out on a different note.
In the full interview, Freeze talks about recruiting, his relationship with the rest of the staff and their cohesiveness so far, and how they stack up to other SEC teams early on in the process.
Big Ten considering 4 team playoff
Big Ten officials are kicking around the idea of a four team playoff where the top 4 teams in the BCS standings would face off.
The semifinal games would take place on the campus of the highest seeded team, and the site of the championship game would go to the highest bidder, much like the Super Bowl.
Northwestern Athletic Director Jim Phillips says "We have to listen to the fans; we cannot be tone-deaf, the Big Ten is open and curious”.
Big Ten commissioner Jim Delany would not comment specifically on the proposal until he had a better gauge for other presidents, chancellors and athletic directors within the Big Ten, but did add "It’s a matter of coming up with something that does not kill the baby with the bath water. We have a regular season that is vibrant. We have 12 games plus a (conference) championship game – that’s a lot of games. We have academic calendars, though that doesn't resonate with many people. But if you’re dealing with university presidents, faculty and coaches, you’re talking about it.”
Delany added that he thinks fans are conditioned to the playoffs, and he just wants to make sure they are doing the "right thing".