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NFL Math

4 Superbowl Championship Rings divided by 2 Head Coaches plus 2 badly-timed timeouts multiplied by 2 AFC East oppenents. I'll wait. Don't forget to carry the 1. Oh, there is about ~40 mile difference that throws some weird trig on it like COSECANT.

Yeah, you get 2 big losses.

Ravens first. You are outgunned, playing the Best Team Ever. Your defense was once best in the NFL. You have your "12th man" behind you as you stay in the game and even lead for most of it. How do you call a timeout like that. Hindsight is 20/20, but on 4th and 1, don't you call the timeout earlier? Can you ice an entire offense? I know it was because your defense did not have the right personnel. But still, the worst part? You made me stay up past my bedtime on a school night. I don't watch the end of Monday night football because 90% of the time, it's boring.

Redskins second. You honor Sean Taylor. His father said to make the playoffs. That's how you honor him. You dominate the first half, albeit with FG's. You lead most of the game. Your defense gives up one big play. You call 2 consecutive timeouts. All 3 of my fantasy football teams are named after you, but I still want to bash you so bad. Q, my co-premium season ticket holder, kept asking me, "Does he not know that!??". I was stunned. Couldn't answer. Yet, I can't bash you in. You went through one of the worst weeks a head coach and team could possibly go through. Maybe that was in your head. We don't know. You might not know.

Should Billick be fired? Should Gibbs resign? Would either team be better without their current leaders? I answer the latter no. Billick needs a superstar defensive coordinator to run the D so you can concentrate on the offense, since you are the "Offensive Genius". That way you can pick the next Elvis Grbac, Trent Dilfer, or Kyle Boller to run your team.

Gibbs needs time. We've given him 4 years. OK, maybe. We seemed to be on track. It got off the rails. But really, who could fix this team now? Could Cowher? Would he?

Both answers sound rather simple and contrary to popular belief. But believe me, I'm not fan of the Ravens, except for their stadium. Sometimes, the truth is the best course of action. I truly believe, maybe one of the few left, that Gibbs can right the ship. No Superbowl, but maybe a contender next year. Who knows? Finish 4-0, maybe we could be a contender this year. Even I can't really see that happening.


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The Billick timeout really came down to bad luck. He could have just as easily have nullified a first down conversion and then ended up stopping them on the retry.

The Gibbs timeout was the far worse mistake. I too am shocked that he didn't know it was against the rules to call consecutive timeouts. Even the average fan knows this. If you're not sure, ask one of your assistants. Surely someone on that staff knew the rule, right?

A few years ago, NFL coaches were not even permitted to call timeouts. They could signal one in, but it was up to one of the players on the field to actually call it. For some reason this rule was changed.

Stu, Q and I discussed that someone on staff has got to know that rule. If I recall correctly, Gibbs has the biggest coaching staff in the NFL. There's got to be a Second Associate Assistant Coach for Special Teams - Timeout Management Specialist who has the entire chapter on Timeouts memorized. Local media and players (I heard Capt Chaos, Chris Cooley mention it this morning) that Gibbs asked the official if it was OK to call the second one. First improbable that he does not know the rule. Second, was the answer just "Yes" as noted by the media and Gibbs? How can the official answer that way. Technially he can call it, but it's a penalty. They tell coaches they can't throw the replay flag on a judgement call, like a pushout. They have told coaches to just pick up the flag.

Joe Gibbs himself said he asked the official if it was ok, and he thought the official said yes. Maybe he misheard, or maybe he is just trying to save face. The official shouldn't have answered yes (if he indeed did), he should have just refused to answer. It's really not the job of the official to expound on the rules mid-game.

Not disagreeing with. And the fault lies with the fact the Gibbs didn't know it was a penalty. There is a little rumor going around town that Gibbs did is purposely because he didn't want to have the defense blamed. I don't really buy that theory.

BMT, Fire Gibbs - no way. The double time-out only slightly nudges Joe from the high pedestal that we've placed our hero. He's human.

The kick would have most likely been good.
The issue was again turnovers, a lack of producing touchdowns instead of field goals, and a defense without a pass rusher teams fear that can be counted on to come through when you HAVE to have a big play.

You could almost see this coming as the offense sputtered down the stretch placing a great burden on the defense.

As for Billick, you know what's coming in my next posting.

TSF, I never said fire Gibbs. Plus, I don't think Snyder would do that. He'd ask Gibbs to resign first.

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