In Sunday night’s game against the Dallas Cowboys, Jorrick Calvin caught a kickoff in the end zone with 4:22 left in the game. We all saw him run around in the back, trying to kill time off the clock.
It seemed like a smart play except that the clock doesn’t start on a kickoff until the ball carrier leaves the end zone. So, Calvin came across as not knowing the rules and he looked kind of stupid. Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth were among those that thought he goofed.
However, Andy Reid just said on his weekly radio show on 610 WIP with Howard Eskin that Calvin was actually instructed to run around back there.
“He was told to do it,” Reid said.
Here we are all laughing at Calvin (in an eye-roll sort of way), and that was coached. But, why?
Reid said that the Cowboys are known to pull up a bit on coverage, because David Buehler blasts so many out of the back of the end zone that they just assume it will happen all the time. So, Calvin was told to do it in order to make the Cowboys complete the coverage on the kick.
Now, as to him hitting Alan Ball in the head and getting a 15-yard penalty? Andy said that was, indeed, not part of the plan.