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Leadership Fail: Lessons From The Worst Super Bowl Play Ever
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David Wagner
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2/3/2015 | 5:07:37 PM
Re: Overthinking the clock
@Joe- I disagree with the analysis. First, 20 seconds is plenty of time to run two running plays in the NFL. It is consideed standard calculus that a team wastes about 11 seconds lining up for a pass after a completeion down field. That includes running down and lining up. There's no running down to line up on a run play. Even if the run takes a long time, say 6 or 7 seconds, I just don't believe they would have problems lining up and unning on 4th down in 13 seconds on the one yard line. 

Second, Belichick was running the same calculus. He didn't call time out simply because he knew how many plays he had and how long plays took. He expected them to score at the 24 second mark or so and he'd have the time to run three plays before kicking the FG. Bringing back all that clock by calling a time out on defense doesn't make sense because it just gets eaten by the offense anyway.

at any rate, If the Seahawks were concerned about time at all with 26 seconds and three plays they failed to focus on the proper goal. The goal is moving the ball 1 yard.
Joe Stanganelli
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2/3/2015 | 3:00:37 AM
Overthinking the clock
I was under the impression -- especially given this interesting analysis and take from the Washington Post on the matter: www.washingtonpost.com/news/sports/wp/2015/02/02/bill-belichick-made-a-sneaky-smart-decision-that-might-have-contributed-to-fateful-play-call-by-pete-carroll/ -- that the Seahawks were more concerned with preserving the time for themselves than they were worried about what the Patriots might do with those leftover seconds, and that Belichick's decision to not call a timeout may have caused Carroll and his crew to hurriedly overthink the issue of the ticking clock.
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