What Was With The Time Management?October 14th, 2012
OK, so Joe isn’t Paul Brown. OK, fine. But it doesn’t take a clockmaker to figure out there was something strange going on in the final moments of the first half of today’s Bucs win against the Chiefs.
When Brady Quinn passed to Shaun Draughn on third down for a modest gain, there was 1:55 left in the half and the Chiefs lined up to punt just inside Bucs territory.
Now’s the time to call a timeout for the Bucs, right? Have a modicum of time to perhaps run a two-minute offense and maybe get a score, right? At the time, the Bucs held a slim four-point lead at 7-3.
But no, Bucs coach Greg Schiano did not call a timeout, instead, watching precious seconds tick off the clock. The clock finally stopped when the Chiefs were hit with a delay of game penalty.
On first down after taking over at their own one-yard line, the Bucs call for a run, and then a timeout. After a timeout, the Bucs run the ball again.
What? Call a timeout to set up a run? Why?
Naturally after the second run, it was the Chiefs, not the Bucs, who were calling timeouts.
It just seemed strange to Joe.