Originally posted by GolittaCamper:
Originally posted by qnnhan7:
Remember the Falcons last year going for it on 4th & inches on their 30 because they didn't think the defense can stop Brees and the Saints.... yeah how did that worked out. Mathematics don't get you 4th and inches over 300 pounders x4, plus 255 LBs x3. That's more than 1000pds of humanity mathematics has to account for.
How does math account for the one ref guessing on the spot of the ball and give you a short spot when replay don't show crap.
The deal about going for it on EVERY fourth down is this, it radically changes play calling if you know you are using all 4 downs, that leads to more converted fourth downs. Also you could have one more full time player on the squad...no punter!
I think I know what you are saying. It's about the confidence in the offense. Like in our juggernaut years where the offense was so good that sometimes when they are in 4th and short I wanted them to go for it because they were clearly kicking azz. It's much easier to think that way, but when the offense is inconsistent, not sure if anyone wanting to win the game would play that way. And I'm not even mentioning a crappy defense getting on the field if you don't make that conversion. It's easy to think of what the positive would be if a team make the conversion. What's being avoided in the article is what are the consequence when it's not converted. It's a more dire situation than not 'winning' the game by kicking a field goal.
The ability to punt the ball is not an offensive play but a defensive play to prepared you defense in the best position possible when they hit the field. Allowing your defense enough field position so that even if they make a few mistakes, will allow your defense to recover if a big play happened. If you think a 4th down is solely an offensive play than you are neglecting the other half of your team -- the defense.
Hope all this wordiness makes sense