Originally posted by Hitman49:
Harbaugh did say in the radio this morning that looking back at it now...he might have taken the points off the board...not sure what his exact words were...
Q: On Tuesday morning, after you sleep two nights on that loss, are you thinking ‘Gosh, if I could do it over again, I'd have done it differently.'”
JH: Well, there's no doubt about that. The way the game unfolded after that decision, you sure would like to go back and play it out the other way and seen what would have happened. And I knew the merits and perils of making the decision each way. Saw the merits of taking the points off the board, and taking the 15-yard penalty, and now you've got the ball down around the 27-yard line (it would have been the 22-yard line) and chance to take more time off the clock, chance to punch it into the end zone. So, yeah, I do see the merits of going either way with that decision. And, as you point out, when you lose the game it makes it the wrong decision. And you'd love to go back and play it out the other way.
Q: In the heat of the moment, it's an intense thing. You only have a couple-seconds window to make that decision. Is that something you feel comfortable with? Or is that something that only experience teaches you?
JH: Well, it's the heat of the moment, but that's your job. That's what you're there for — to make those kinds of decisions. I felt confident in the decision that we made, that I made, and it didn't play out into a victory. But I still feel that that was the right decision to make and probably would make the same decision in the future. The old adage, you don't take points off the board, I don't agree with that 100 percent. But in that situation, I felt like it was the best decision at the time.
If you click the link there is a video from Brian billick defending the call