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Don't Be Like Mike

Mike Smith's conservativeness nearly cost the Falcons a couple of times last year, most notably in the divisional-round win over the Seahawks, which was a game Smith nearly lost by failing to consider a two-point try from a half-yard out in the third quarter. Even though he has one of the league's best offenses, Smith has remained hesitant to make aggressive decisions since the playoff loss to the Giants, when the Falcons famously failed multiple times in short yardage. That conservative nature might have cost them a win against the Dolphins.

First, Smith went into no-man's-land and came away with an ill-advised three points. After a third-down pass to Jacquizz Rodgers in the second quarter lost a yard, the Falcons passed on a chance to go for it on fourth-and-2 from the 34-yard line so they could let Matt Bryant attempt a 52-yard field goal. Bryant — just 11-for-20 from 50 yards and beyond as a pro — hit the field goal, but that's a very risky play given the excellent field position Miami would get from a miss.

His decision to kick later was more egregious. There, the Falcons were up 10-7 with 2:08 left in the second quarter, facing a fourth-and-1 from the 2-yard line after Jason Snelling had been stuffed on the previous down. Was that one miss really enough to justify kicking a field goal from the 2-yard line with 32 minutes of football to go? The Falcons only needed a yard for the first down, which might actually have been the best possible outcome, since they would get four more shots at a likely touchdown while leaving less time on the clock for the Dolphins to run their own two-minute drill (which they did after the field goal, producing a field goal of their own). I can understand that the Falcons were missing Steven Jackson and left tackle Sam Baker, but the Dolphins were without Cameron Wake, their best player. Unless it ties or wins a game deep in the fourth quarter, the 20-yard field goal just shouldn't be in a coach's playbook.

Smith also neglected to use his timeouts at the end of the game. With Miami down to one timeout, it advanced the ball to the 8-yard line for a first-and-goal situation with 1:36 left at the beginning of the play clock. This possession was the entire game for the Dolphins, who were down 23-20. With three timeouts, the Falcons could have stopped the clock and left themselves time to launch a one-minute drill, regardless of whether the Dolphins scored a touchdown or kicked a field goal. (If Miami turned the ball over or decided to go for it and failed on downs, Atlanta could kneel twice to end the game.) Instead, Smith let the Dolphins wind the clock down and run a play with 56 seconds left, moving the ball to the 1-yard line. Smith waited several seconds after that play to use his first timeout, calling it with 43 seconds left. Miami scored a touchdown on the next play, and Atlanta eventually got the ball back down four with 38 seconds left. Had Smith used his timeouts optimally but seen his defense allow the same plays at the same rate of speed, the Falcons would have gotten the ball back with about 1:25 left to go. Do you think Atlanta could have used 47 extra seconds to work with at the end of that game?

The Worst Decisions of Week 3

3. Smith's time-wasting at the end of the Falcons-Dolphins game.

All three of these decisions are plays in which a coach did something or failed to do something for which there is virtually no defense. Smith, I guess, could argue that the Dolphins have a young quarterback and he didn't want Ryan Tannehill to get time to settle down. Tannehill didn't end up having much of a problem punching the ball in even with Smith saving two of his timeouts, and a timeout also might have given Smith's pass rush some fresher legs. The upside of giving his offense nearly a full minute of extra time to work with to try to win the game, regardless of what Miami did, was far more meaningful. It was a blunder, plain and simple.

http://www.grantland.com/blog/the-triangle/post/_/id/75555/thank-you-for-not-coaching-week-3

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what happens when we use our time out early and then miami sees what we are doing and they run the ball to kill the clock? entire argument out the window.

we had multiple timeouts at that point I think.

EDIT: Just checked, we had all three timeouts remaining at that point.

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what happens when we use our time out early and then miami sees what we are doing and they run the ball to kill the clock? entire argument out the window.

Say what? The point is Miami was NOT going to run the ball because they needed a FG to tie or TD to win. Using those timeouts were to leave more time on the clock for his team--the Falcons. But instead, old dummy Smitty has his head in his arse and lets the time tick, tick, tick down.

This really doesn't even have anything to do with the clock, our HC is showing more and more that he's in over his head. Instead of going into the soft zone defense (playing scared) he should have had Nolan unleash everything possible on Tannehill to rush or sack him. Oh well...he's the king of our Falcons and we must live with this idiot.

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what happens when we use our time out early and then miami sees what we are doing and they run the ball to kill the clock? entire argument out the window.

I have seen you give Mike Smith every excuse you can think of! GIVE IT UP, Smitty screwed up at the end of the game!

And no, I'm not anti-Mike Smith.

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On the money!!!

& all you pete carroll bashers say that he's the one who can't manage the clock.

Im not a seattle fan....but, their coach HAS got BALLS!!

He knows how to destroy a weaker opponent.

He knows how his team cannot get complacent at any point.

He knows how to get his home crowd fired up not just fukin simple "rise up" slogans.

ANY other coach in NFL right now would be dying to have offensive weapons like us & use them effectively.

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having been a headcoach now for 5+ years you'd think he'd have learned from past bonehead mistakes but he seems to have gotten worse, remember in the first year when he was going after d-hall, I thought we had the next Ditka, but I believe he's been taking a lot of psychotrophic meds nowadays.

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