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Subject: Re: The Game


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Date Posted: 13:58:00 11/21/21 Sun
In reply to: Memphis Bill 's message, "The Game" on 10:27:46 11/19/21 Fri

I am in general agreement with Drew2411 here. Running on three consecutive downs was almost demanded to force Harvard to burn its time outs. Now what do you do on fourth down? I like the suggestions from others to at least consider the quick kick. As Bcolsonb pointed out, the ball would roll toward the Harvard goal line and burn another five seconds or so.

But trying the pass at least gives you a chance to convert the first down. Then the game is over. So it's not a bad decision and very likely could be the right one. What's the probability that Yale converts the first down? At least 30% right? That's high enough for me to give the coach a pass.

As Drew said, the real issue is the breakdown in the defensive secondary. The first long pass completion looked like loose zone coverage and defenders were unable to cover their expanded zones of responsibility, given the wide expanse of ground the entire secondary was trying to cover. The Harvard receiver did a great job of finding the soft spot between the zones.

The touchdown reception was just another example of a defender taking one simple small step forward when he should have taken a step backwards. We've seen it a million times over the years. Guy gets too excited, makes the wrong decision. By the time he recovered, he was out of position. Ball game over. I don't think that you can blame that on the coach.

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