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February 06, 2012


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Howard Wasserman

As to # 6, that would create an interesting discussion about deterrence and punishment and the need to rework the sanction for penalties (at least in the last two minutes or so) to eliminate the incentive to do what you're suggesting.

Colin Miller

I recently read the book "Scorecasting" and would highly recommend it. It challenges a lot of the conventional wisdom in sports and addresses topics such as the high school coach who never punts (and explains why he has it right).

Joe (not that one)

"So, if I was Coughlin I'd put extra guys on the field and tell everyone to grab an eligible receiver and hold on for dear life (and leave 4 or so safeties back for good measure)."

And then if I was Belichik, I'd instruct Brady to avoid the one- or two-man rush as long as possible, wait for one of the tight ends to drag the defender down inside the 20, and have him throw it in that general vicinity. With the PI call, you get the ball at the spot of the foul.



My plan would involve the DBs letting go of the receivers once they've gone beyond 5 or so yards (while still covering them of course) to avoid any PI call. The disruption of the play would still be significant.

Richard Gershon

The rules were amended to take time off of the clock when the offensive team commits a foul late in the game. Maybe time should be added when the defense commits a late game infraction (inside two minutes of the half or the game).

Eli (an Ole Miss grad) was great when it counted!

Bill Turnier

Gregg and I talked about this over lunch yesterday. The football coaches could really learn something about clock management and use of substitutes by watching basketball coaches and their use of the clock and control of players on substitutions. Part of the problem is a team philosophy problem and an entire coaching staff problem. I think that I can count on one hand ( perhaps two fingers) the number of basketball game I have gone to where a team had too many players on the court. It seems to happen in in about 25% of the football games. The really good college basketball coaches are masters in using the clock. Football is another thing as Gregg points out. Michael Lewis probably has a book in the works on truisms in football that need rethinking such as why yards yielded is not a good measure of defensive prowess and use of the clock.

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