1. 58 seconds left
2. Starting on your own 31
3. Two time outs
4. What--40 yards to go for field goal
5. Played decent offense in first half
There are no excuses for not spreading it and going for it.
At that point, we had played them close on their home field. Why take the risk of giving them a huge momentum boost going into the locker room ?
I understood the logic explained by Phil Simms why we didn't go for it. At the time I thought it was still the wrong decision. To me to play risk adverse football against the Pittsburgh Steelers is inviting failure.
Sure we could have thrown an interception and be down another seven points. The reality is that the Steelers clearly dominated both sides of the ball. Unless we take chances and have a little luck, we were going down anyway.
Roethlisberger has proven that he can elude the Jets front seven time and time again. Without Darelle Revis in the secondary we needed to throw the ball to keep up with their scoring; complicating matters, their run defense is too stout. It was clear, the Steelers would score points - this in turns means that we needed to take some chances on offense and special teams.
Too much of the offense was going through Holmes, it all became very predictable with the team becoming one dimensional.
Last edited by Gangrene; 09-17-2012 at 08:51 PM.
I would have had a bigger problem with it if we weren't going to get the ball back to start the 2nd half. Not the decision I would have made, but I'm not going to kill Rex for it.
People need to understand that Rex always wants to shorten the game. It's his philosophy.
It's also the kind of conservative mindset that has a negative impact on an offense. It's what Steve Young was trying to Rex in the offseason. Ross Tucker, who I don't always agree with, but speaks with the experience of a former lineman, said that it demoralizes an offense when you get sent back onto the field with a minute left in the half and are told to sit on the ball. He said everyone on the offense knows the coaching staff has no faith in you when that happens.
Rex doesn't seem to agree with or understand that.
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Rex said that he met with Sparano and Sanchez with 58 seconds left in second half. If they broke the first run they'd have tried to score.
If we broke the first run?
We never break any long runs unless it's from the Wildcat. The last Jet with a 35+ yard run was Brad Smith. This is going to lead me to another thread.
No matter you slice it, folding the tent in that position after just giving up the lead speaks to a lack of confidence - not only in your offense, but your defense.
Assuming the Jets tried and went three and out and only ate up about 15 seconds and punted back to Pittsburgh - are you that frightened that your vaunted defense - the best you've had here - can't stop Pittsburgh from scoring again before the half?
I was pissed. I screamed at my TV the entire time, lol. We were only down by 3, so why not at least get near fg position? Folk has already shown he can kick long (50+ yarder in preseason), so why not at least ATTEMPT to tie it up?
Rex coached like a pairless idiot.
If they were going to run the clock out, why not throw Tebow out there to run the spread/wildcat? It's basically the same, run the clock out decision, but has a way higher chance to break one.
"if we broke the 1st run"
The running game is BROKEN.
Maybe they finally park Greene's ass on the bench where it belongs until the 4th quarter of a game they're winning.
possessions are going to be at a minimum in this game, especially the way Pitt had controlled TOP - you needed to score when you could.
1:00 and two TO's is an eternity in the NFL...
Honestly when we did this, my first thought was "wow, Rex thinks we can win this game like 16-13." Rex always assumes his D is going to shut down the other team. He was probably banking on a couple adjustments and holding the Steelers to no more than a FG or so in the 2nd half, maybe forcing a turnover or 2. Anyone watching the game from their living room knew that would not be the case. The worst case I had for the Steelers going into half was them ending the game with 23 points. Worst case. That meant the Jets needed 2 TDs or a TD and 2 FGs. Possessions are important and the Steelers were going to force at least 1 or 2 three and outs from us. Rex threw one away. And he ate 2 timeouts. They don't carry over to the 2nd half.