Fourth Down Mysteries ContinueOctober 11th, 2009
Joe’s really not sure what goes on inside the head of Raheem The Dream. Come gameday, he’s totally unpredictable.
Trailing 7-0 on the Eagles’ 26 yard line, the Bucs had a 4th-and-2 following an Antonio Bryant drop. So rather than attempt the 43 yard field goal to put points on the board for his struggling offense, Raheem The Dream opted to go for the first down.
Then Michael Clayton, right on cue, promptly dropped the short pass for a first down.
Aside from the odds of making it on 4th-and-2 being very poor in the NFL, Joe suspects those odds are significantly worse on the road, significantly worse with an inexperienced quarterback, and even worse when Michael Clayton is on the field.
Knowing this, Raheem The Dream should have gone for the field goal. The Bucs would have had better odds for some points and at least gotten the first-kick jitters out of the way for new kicker Shane Andrus.
On the heels choosing to kick a field goal on fourth and goal late in the game last week in Washington, Raheem The Dream is failing Fourth Down 101.