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.