One mistake I see some coaches and captains make managing their teams is not doing a good enough job planning in advance of time caps (particularly hard caps).
There are a number of issues that need to be managed with regards to caps (especially in ‘must win’ games). A couple of the perhaps more obvious examples are:
- Using timeouts to delay for the cap if your team is ahead
- Minimizing time between points if your team is behind and the cap is looming
I wanted to discuss two situations in particular I have found many teams mishandling when running into caps in must win games.
As usual, the term ‘Monday morning quarterback’ is apropos this week after the Seahawks’ decision to throw the ball on the goal line at the end of Super Bowl 49. Understandably so I guess, though most people only second guess calls that don’t pan out. I found this article (“Game Theory Says Pete Carroll’s Call At Goal Line Is Defensible”) in the New York Times today to be more interesting than some of the repetitive droning about how dumb a call it was. However, the article leaves out an important caveat to the situation at hand. With each possible choice for Pete Carroll on the goal line, what was the worst thing that could happen?
I bookmarked this video by Brodie a while back and wanted to add a bit more context to the points he is addressing.
I think sometimes it is easy for those of us who play (or played) at the higher levels to forget how much of the game is still a mystery to younger players.