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Timeouts At The End Of The First Half


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Some of the other stuff has overshadowed a huge coaching blunder yesterday. The Vikings got the ball with around 1:30 left in the first half and were content to run the ball and go into half time. We called the first timeout, which was already very questionable since we had not forced a single punt to that point in the game. Then on second down, the Vikings got a good run to bring up 3rd and 1.

Calling that second timeout was a huge mistake. We had shown no signs of being able to stop a 1 yard rush. Sure enough, when the Vikings go the first down, they realized they suddenly had decent field position, all of their timeouts, and still plenty of time to push for a FG. They **** near scored a TD, but even the 3 points they got was more than they would have if we'd not called that second timeout.

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Smith has done the same crap before, latest against Cincy. He's just trying to be "aggressive" because criticism of his Smittyball has gotten into his head.

On a related note, the decision to go for it by Zimmer is a lesson at being aggressive at the right time. That was a calculated risk and great decision. Your defense is playing great, Falcons are without a tackle, worst case scenario you get a shot to test the Falcons suspect OL at the half yard line. Best case, you put the game away. That is the type of decision that Smith will never, ever make. He will go for the two point lead every time, and then will try to compensate for his conservative play with dumb decisions like calling the TO at the half, or keeping Ryan scrambling for his life on the last play of the game with no time left in a two-score game.

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This is jr high level stuff here. Your defense can't get off the field all day and the other team wants to sit on the ball and go to the half, YOU LET THEM.

Seriously, I've had enough. I'll appreciate Smith and Co. for providing some stability after some really horrible times for this team, but it is time to clean house. This team has been on a downward trend since the 2nd half of the NFC championship game and the staff seems unable to fix glaring problems that have haunted this team for years. On top of that, now we're doing dumb things like aiding the other team by calling timeouts for them. Time to clean house.

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If they get the ball back and get points it looks great. Problem is that it is a gamble, especially with the state of the Falcons' defense.

It's a dumb decision regardless of the outcome. You do that if your defense is doing really well and the game is on the line. IMO the first TO was dumb, but let's say you do that. Why the heck would you call the second one on 3rd and 1????

That TO should have cot us a TD which pretty much would put the game away. It was dumb luck that it wasn't a TD.

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Smith has done the same crap before, latest against Cincy. He's just trying to be "aggressive" because criticism of his Smittyball has gotten into his head.

On a related note, the decision to go for it by Zimmer is a lesson at being aggressive at the right time. That was a calculated risk and great decision. Your defense is playing great, Falcons are without a tackle, worst case scenario you get a shot to test the Falcons suspect OL at the half yard line. Best case, you put the game away. That is the type of decision that Smith will never, ever make. He will go for the two point lead every time, and then will try to compensate for his conservative play with dumb decisions like calling the TO at the half, or keeping Ryan scrambling for his life on the last play of the game with no time left in a two-score game.

Yep he has done the same crap before which makes it twice as stupid.
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Smith has done the same crap before, latest against Cincy. He's just trying to be "aggressive" because criticism of his Smittyball has gotten into his head.

On a related note, the decision to go for it by Zimmer is a lesson at being aggressive at the right time. That was a calculated risk and great decision. Your defense is playing great, Falcons are without a tackle, worst case scenario you get a shot to test the Falcons suspect OL at the half yard line. Best case, you put the game away. That is the type of decision that Smith will never, ever make. He will go for the two point lead every time, and then will try to compensate for his conservative play with dumb decisions like calling the TO at the half, or keeping Ryan scrambling for his life on the last play of the game with no time left in a two-score game.

Completely agree.

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