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Game Thread W8 - San Diego V New Orleans (1 Viewer)

And a delay penalty followed by a bad pass by Rivers on second down... 3rd & 15. Obviously they have two downs to get it, but this is nerve wracking.

 
Brees takes an intentional safety to knock 6 seconds off the clock.
Terrible decision.Punt the ball out of bounds for 30-40 yards.And you can't lose on a 7.
A punt can be blocked, and is more likely to have a bad snap than with the QB under center... The free kick isn't snapped and can't be blocked.I don't really disagree with you, but these would seem to be the counterarguments.
 
Brees takes an intentional safety to knock 6 seconds off the clock.
Terrible decision.Punt the ball out of bounds for 30-40 yards.And you can't lose on a 7.
A punt can be blocked, and is more likely to have a bad snap than with the QB under center... The free kick isn't snapped and can't be blocked.I don't really disagree with you, but these would seem to be the counterarguments.
To me it's pretty simple. With a safety you bring in the possibility of a loss, but if you just punt it the worst case scenario is a tie.
 
Brees takes an intentional safety to knock 6 seconds off the clock.
Terrible decision.Punt the ball out of bounds for 30-40 yards.And you can't lose on a 7.
A punt can be blocked, and is more likely to have a bad snap than with the QB under center... The free kick isn't snapped and can't be blocked.I don't really disagree with you, but these would seem to be the counterarguments.
To me it's pretty simple. With a safety you bring in the possibility of a loss, but if you just punt it the worst case scenario is a tie.
Either way, the other team needs a TD. I assume therefore, they were seeking to minimize the chance the other team gets a TD. :popcorn:
 
Brees takes an intentional safety to knock 6 seconds off the clock.
Terrible decision.Punt the ball out of bounds for 30-40 yards.And you can't lose on a 7.
A punt can be blocked, and is more likely to have a bad snap than with the QB under center... The free kick isn't snapped and can't be blocked.I don't really disagree with you, but these would seem to be the counterarguments.
To me it's pretty simple. With a safety you bring in the possibility of a loss, but if you just punt it the worst case scenario is a tie.
Also with a field that is notorious for having poor footing, who says Brees doesn't trip and fall on his way back. Thus giving the Chargers a very short field to tie.
 
With regard to the intentional safety, the first question is, are you playing to win or playing not to lose?

If you play not to lose, you don't want to give up the 2 points, since it creates the spossibility of a loss.

If you are playing to win, your goal is to minimize the chance the other team scores a TD. Then the question becomes which play does that: giving up the safety to take 6 seconds off the clock and get a free kick with 8 seconds remaining, or punting with 14 seconds remaining?

 
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As a Charger fan very disappointed in the loss, I take a couple things from this game:

Season is NOT over with Denver playing so poorly
LT finally looks healthy. With the bye upon us, he should be 100% in 2 weeks.
Ditto with Gates
Rivers on the verge of being an elite QB, if he's not already.
Defense is ####### AWFUL. I'm trying not to overreact, but I think AJ should think long and hard about a change. Too much talent to suddenly be this terrible, regardless of the Merriman injury.
 
How did Jyles Tucker look? Was he able to put any kind of pressure on coming back from the bad hammy
He started out really strong - got into the backfield a few times in the first quarter, almost broke up a big pass play in the 2nd... and then he kind of disappeared.
 
Defense is ####### AWFUL. I'm trying not to overreact, but I think AJ should think long and hard about a change. Too much talent to suddenly be this terrible, regardless of the Merriman injury.
I think you are right. This defense is staggeringly bad. No push up front, little help from LBs, and a secondary that is caught out of position way too frequently (not to mention the stupid penalties). In the past three years, this defense played pretty darn well when Merriman was out, so I have a hard time pinning too much of this on his absence. Cottrell has to go, but I don't know how comfortable I would be replacing him with someone like Rivera. Maybe it would send enough of a message that it would be some help though.
 

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