Snap Counts May Have Hurt DefenseAugust 17th, 2013
In baseball, there is a certain thing called a ”pitch count.” That’s when a pitcher, no matter how well or how awful he is pitching, is pulled because a manager or management is too paranoid about overuse.
The football version of a pitch count is a snap count. Coaches will only let players play a certain number of snaps in preseason. Bucs coach Greg Schiano used this last night with several defenders, and it may have been a reason why Tom Brady and the Patriots ran through the Bucs’ defense like melted butter.
“We had snap counts on guys and we were pulling guys off the field,” Schiano said of the Patriots’ 17-play touchdown drive. “We were committed to sticking to the plan. We had a good work up here this week. We decided in the calmness of the meeting room that this is how many plays each guy is going to get. But whoever goes in the game has to make the stop and we didn’t.”
This is why Joe ties not to get worked up over preseason games. They are glorified practices. Rarely would you see so many backups in a regular season game on the first drive, and Pats quarterback Tom Brady used that to his full advantage.
Remember people, it is August. There is no need to climb the Sunshine Skyway Bridge, unless you are a member of the Mike Glennon Mob.