Tuesday, September 22, 2009

The ranter strikes again

In Beradino's Q&A
Q: I think that the offense deserves credit for a great game. Especially the offensive line. Our defense was horrible. And the two-minute drill coaching was terrible. My question is with the most accurate passer in NFL history, with the score tied 20-20, why didn't we make an attempt at a first down instead of running to setup the FG? Our coaches had to know that Indy would probably get a TD. --The Ranter

A: I agree. That was a mistake to go conservative on third-and-6 from the 30 in a tie game with that much time left. Same goes for the decision on third-and-7 from the plus 32 late in the first half. They ran Ricky Williams up the middle for five yards that time, got the 44-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter, then watched Peyton Manning take the Colts down the field in the final 43 seconds to get a 48-yarder from Adam Vinatieri and a 13-13 tie at the half. Even Pennington talked afterward about how you need to get touchdowns, not field goals. But Tony Sparano said he "was absolutely willing to take the points in that situation [in the fourth]. That put us ahead. I have a lot of confidence in our defense." Maybe too much confidence as it turns out.
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