Punting On 4th-And-7 Was The Second OptionNovember 26th, 2012
Lots of Bucs fans, not Joe, had issues with the Bucs attempting a 56 yard field goal on 4th-and-7 at the Falcons 38-yard line trailing by one point with about 3 1/2 minutes left in the game yesterday.
Joe’s read lots of comments — and heard the sports radio chatter — saying that the Bucs should have gone for the first down rather than kick.
Well, it turns out, going for it on fourth down was Greg Schiano’s third option, so the coach strongly implied on The Greg Schiano Show tonight on WDAE-AM 620.
Schiano was asked about the decision-making by a caller, and Schiano responded by only talking about the option to punt or kick the field goal on that play and then Schiano was finished with the caller. Host TJ Rives followed up by asking Schiano about whether he considered going for the first down.
“You know, what I try to do is look at all the options, so certainly it was considered, but (laughs) not for very long. I didn’t think that was one of the better ones,” Schiano said of potentially going for it on that fourth down.
This answer by Schiano was surprising, especially the little chuckle from the head coach at the idea of going for the first down.
Joe was all on board with the field goal attempt in that spot, but a punt from the 38 yard line? That would not have been playing to the Bucs’ strengths or playing to win. How punting could have been the second option ahead of Freeman dropping back to pass, Joe will never know.
Thankfully, that punt never happened and Joe was spared a Maalox moment.