Sunday, October 25, 2009

Annals of Stupid Coaching

We're at 8:21 left in the fourth quarter, Saints up 37 to the Dolphins' 34. Tony Sparano has called six straight passes, all of them incomplete. Chad Henne is now 9 for 22 on the day. They face fourth and ten from their own 20, which makes this their second straight three and out. To remind you, they have Ronnie Brown and Ricky Williams in the backfield, who have together rushed for 123 yards and scored four touchdowns. Not coincidentally, the Dolphins started this sequence with the lead. It seems unlikely that they recover the lead. Isn't Tony supposed to be a good coach?

Update: By my count, it has now been thirteen straight passes, culminating in an interception returned for a TD that put the game away for the Saints. All of these plays were before the two-minute warning, with the Dolphins either winning or losing by less than a touchdown. If Sparano was a doctor, the malpractice lawyers would be hovering around his office like sharks.

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