Another bit on Smith and his playoff woes

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Another bit on Smith and his playoff woes

Postby MarylandFalcon1 » Tue Aug 28, 2012 4:00 pm

Not that anyone didn't already know this, but ESPN is talking it up again in an article about not punting... although in the case of the Falcons, that's not such a good idea. :doh:

By Gregg Easterbrook | ESPN Playbook

Atlanta: Falcons coach Mike Smith is 43-21 in the regular season, 0-3 in the playoffs. The Falcons' postseason defeats to conclude 2010 and 2011 were ugly, mangy outings, Atlanta being bounced by a combined 72-24.

Though TMQ believes football coaches should go for it more often on fourth down, that does not, of course, mean the tactic will work. Fourth down was Atlanta's bête noire in 2011; the Falcons an awful 4-for-16, including 0-for-3 in their playoff defeat at Jersey/A. Failure on fourth-and-inches at the Giants' 21 in the third quarter was the game's pivotal down. From film study, the Giants knew that no matter how much misdirection Atlanta showed, a fourth-down try would always end in a Matt Ryan sneak. That's what happened on the fourth-and-inches at the Giants' 21, and Ryan was stuffed.

Against Jersey/A in the 2011 playoffs, Smith was decisively outcoached. He was decisively outcoached the year before in the postseason by Green Bay. If Atlanta makes the playoffs this year, perhaps Smith should recuse himself.
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Re: Another bit on Smith and his playoff woes

Postby Pudge » Tue Aug 28, 2012 5:10 pm

For the most part, I agree with and support Smitty's decisions to go for on fourth. There are always a few more instances where I think he should be willing to bite the bullet, and occasionally ones where he should have played it safer and punted.

Saying that, I think the beef is more with Mike Mularkey and his play-calling in those instances. Although I do want to point that I believe as far as the infamous Saints 4th down OT call, I believe that was Smitty pulling rank and re-inserting Turner in the game after Mularkey initially seemed poised to go with Rodgers (and potentially a sneak).
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