Eagles fans will never forgot that slow march the Birds went on with time running out in the Super Bowl game against the New England Patriots. Now Birds fans won’t be alone. Other teams have come down with that same time-mismanagement disease. It seems that nobody knows how to run the no-huddle offense or two-minute drill any more.
What was Tom Brady and the New England Patriots doing in the fourth quarter versus the Jets? They were trailing by two scores yet I sat and watched Brady take his time calling the plays in the huddle, walking to the line of scrimmage and changing the play, then at times handing the ball off on running plays. Brady and New England were running the ball, getting tackled, then getting up, going back into the huddle and at times running the ball again, as the clock was ticking out.
The Jets were at yesterday. They went on a long march which ate up nearly have of the fourth quarter and it ended on the one yard line. They worked very hard on the drive and converted a few third downs, but in the end they got nothing out of it.
They could have gone into a no-huddle offense or at least been getting out of the huddle quicker than normal, but they insisted on going into the huddle and taking their time. Jets offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer is taking some major heat in New York about that drive. Quarterback Mark Sanchez tried to explain what happened.
“The problem was the headset kept going out multiple times during the game,” Sanchez told the New York Daily News, “I had to run over and get a couple of calls, piece together some calls in the headset that came in broken up.”
What about Lovie Smith? He decides to go with Caleb Hanie as his quarterback, but puts him in the game with less than a minute to go in the 3rd quarter. By making the move at that time, Smith wouldn’t have been able to reinsert his Jay Cutler or Todd Collins if Hanie has sustained an injury.
The Bears would have had to put a wide receiver, running back or other player in at the quarterback position in the fourth quarter if Hanie had gone down because of that bone-headed move. Not even Andy Reid would have made that mistake. Right?