Originally Posted by Docb9110
I misspoke of course. I just didnt want to piss anyone off. It had been an offensive struggle and I did have a few gems on defense so I thought with 3 mins I'm ok...3 timeouts plus if I don't get the first you are already at most just yards away from field goal range. In retrospect I should have gone for it to try and get it but again just wanted to clarify.
Thanks for your side of it and the way you saw it.
Right. That's what I mean. I think you'd have enough people in both camps to say either could be the "right call". Going for it and not getting the first there would basically be the game. As opposed to punting it, trusting your defense, and making use of your timeouts. I can tell you from my perspective, I was happy you punted...but I also definitely didn't feel comfortable that the game was "over" when I got the ball back. Those yards I got to close it out were damn tough yards, and I was lucky that CJ seemed to run better toward the end of the game than he did in the beginning (not sure if your defense was getting tired, or if my guys were just blocking better).
Like I said though, the difference in this game was razor thin, and I think there were several plays that could be looked at as "making the difference". The catch by Jared Cook that I talked about, the fumble by Sanchez, the big run by Chris Johnson, and my defense finally coming up with a stop on 3rd down. Basically, if ANY of those plays went differently, you probably would have won. My guys just made plays when they needed to. Either way, I'm glad we split the season series, and honestly, I'm half expecting us to meet in the first round of the playoffs anyway.