Allow me to start with a quick disclaimer: As cynical Vikes fans go, I consider myself far from a severe case. There are plenty of positive take aways from yesterday (especially Sidney!!!), far outweighing any player or COACHING transgressions. That said, I must raise a very pointed clock management issue. Please weigh in on this with any opinions and insight..
Immediately after Ray Rice runs for 3 yds on 2nd down, I recall having to do everything in my power not to start breaking and/or throwing the more expendable items in my house. I was furious.
How does Childress NOT call a timeout there!!!!??? (for the obvious reason of saving time for a go-ahead field goal opportunity of our own) How long have we dealt with clock mgt-afflicted coaches in Minnesota?? (Dennis Green, Tice, Burns, etc.)
Here is the game situation as I recall it:
RAVENS' Ball, 3rd and 7 on Min 26 with ~0:24 remaining (clock running)
It doesn't take a genius to quickly calculate the EXTREMELY likely outcomes, as well as the severe longshots:
- No play run, bleed clock, Spike and kick
- Clock stoppage or running clock 3rd down.. (likely a run and not a stoppage) Easy semi-rushed kick with 00:17+ remaining..
- Hoping for a SACK!!??? That's a pipe-dream to me at this point in the game. Would the Ravens EVER call a drop-back pass in this situation? This is the 26, and not the 35+.
- Time somehow elapsing to 00:00?? Another pipe-dream at :24 left.
- 1st Down?? The game is OVER anyway, with the ball being on the 19 or closer. (the ball easily clockable, spiked)
-- Bottom line.. To me, the logic that a timeout could hurt by helping the Ravens, is futile and flawed. Especially given the fact that it was THIRD DOWN!! You could play out that scenario 20+ times in the NFL, and the team with the ball would get a kick off every time.
Chilly ran and hid in this crucial moment. He literally stuck his head in the sand and pissed his pants.
I merely hope everyone realizes the full accountability that should be tied to him on decisions like this one (regardless, many times, of the actual game outcome). We need a coach we can count on in truly big games. Anyone recall the clock mgt in the '98 Championship? I recall plenty of Denny Green's actions being swept under the rug by many while the winning 'deodorant' still lingered. If Chilly is put in this situation in the playoffs, I sincerely hope he sides with giving his team a chance to go down swinging, not praying.