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Playing Not To Lose


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Year after year, we always play not to lose when closing out games. This is why our victories are usually almost so close in point margins. Even with two new coordinators, we still reverted to this mentality in the second half of the Seattle game. This is an obvious trait of Coach Smith. In the San Fran game, do you think we will yet again play not to lose, or will Coach have finally learned and be aggressive for all four quarters?

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The Defense was playing not to lose it would seem.

If you see teams winning big, they keep pressuring even with a 15-20 point lead and the pressure combined with the trailing team trying to press leads to turnovers, Pick-6s etc.

Against Seattle, the D in the second half was letting Wilson get time and find the open man the intermediate area for 15-20 yards in every drive. We only started pressuring when they got to the red zone.

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Ryan threw an interception early in one of the drives in the 4th. We also threw the ball many other times as well. I'd hardly call that running the ball/playing not to lose

Playing not to lose on offense and defense, don't just focus on offense. But as far as offense, there were a few drives in that second-half where we could've put them away but we ran real conservative playcalling.

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