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Clock Management: Why DA Has So Much To Learn

It's 1st down and goal.

Your QB, rookie QB at that, has just led a potentially game winning drive down field with a clutch 3rd and 1 read for a long pass to the slow footed TE for 30+yards.

Then on 4th and 9 your QB hits the WR with a beautiful delayed slant route for 12.

The team is pumped. The OL is tired. They break the huddle late and look winded.

You have a TO with 51 seconds to play.

The Correct Strategy is running play, TO to talk over with your QB the next 3 passing plays with 40 seconds remaining on the clock. More than enough time to get off all 4 plays if you need them.

So what does DA do?

1st Down and Goal - Pass Play...Sack. Error is on the QB. But error is also on the coaching staff. No TO Called

The problem with this is there is still a lot of time on the clock and INDY has all 3 TOs. He's essentially leaving INDY a chance should we score.

2nd Down and 24 now - Pass Play...Incomplete. 2 plays and 30 seconds left in the game. 1 TO. Line is looking winded and team needs a second to regroup.

No TO called.

3rd Down and 24 again - Pick as QB locks on to WR in triple coverage.

At no time did the sideline give the OL and team a chance to take a moment and talk over the 4 most important plays in the game.

With Tom Brady or Rich Gannon you can let this one go.

With a Rookie QB, Tired OL, and team that hasn't been in this situation before to leave a TO on the board in this situation is inexcusable.

TP will no doubt saddle himself with the loss because of the leader he is proving himself to be.

But for a staff that continually questions whether or not he's ready to lead a team...they need to start looking at who their pointing fingers at...

Because there's 3 pointing right back at them.

DA...this loss is on you as much as it is TP.

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