"I figured, there's no way this team's going to score 13 points. You know, you look back at it now, maybe that's a decision you could have did differently. But at the time ... I felt very comfortable where our team was, being 13 up -- Let's kick it, let's go in"
A thank you to Paul Gutierrez for bringing this quote from Hue Jackson's weekly press conference to my attention. Really Hue? This feels like the Saturday Night Live skit. Really?! You felt comfortable being up by 13 in that situation? Have you watched any of this season or do you just black out these fourth quarter endings? The Buffalo game alone should have been enough to make you realize that anything can happen. At absolutely no point should the head coach of this team feel "very comfortable" with a lead and it is extremely aggravating to me that Hue still does not get it.
What game this year was enough to make you feel comfortable with any lead we have had? Every game that we looked like we would dominate came down to the wire and our biggest victory was a measly 10 points and even that only happened once. I did not feel like the Lions were going to come back either, but I sure as hell would have done everything possible to keep them from doing so. That would have included going for 2 there, and I have been one of the people here that have slightly defended his decision not to.
Well any support on that decision that he was getting from me is completely gone. I had felt it was the wrong decision anyway but to know that he made the decision purely out of complacency is really atrocious. If he had decided from a strategy aspect of it then fine, I can live with it. However for the move to be made simply because he felt "very comfortable" with the lead is just plain arrogant.
The fact of the matter is no head coach at any time for this team should get a feeling of complacency. There is no way, especially in a playoff race, should our head coach have felt so comfortable that he did not feel the need to increase the lead to two touchdowns with plenty of time remaining in the game for an unlikely come back. I am not calling for Hue's head and I will be willing to give him next year no matter how this season finishes, but he really needs to get his ego in check. His arrogance has gotten in the way numerous times this year and it is time that he understands that it is a flaw in his coaching. It already may have doomed this year.