Goat Of The WeekSeptember 16th, 2013
No, this is not a new regular feature by Joe. Instead, it is getting to be an appalling weekly missive that Joe hopes endsÂ next week.
Every Monday, Olive oil-lapping,Â popcorn-munching,Â coffee-slurping,Â fried-chicken-eating,Â oatmeal-loving,Â circle-jerking,Â beer-chugging,Â cricket-watching,Â scone-loathing,Â college football-naĂŻve, baseball box score-readingÂ Peter King of theMMQB.com and SI.com offers a “Goat of the Week” for a player/coach whoÂ delivered the biggest choke job of the NFL weekend.
Last week, sadly, King correctly fingered Lavonte David for his mind-numbingly stupid penalty that cost the Bucs a win.
The ugly trend continues this morning;Â King crowned Bucs commander Greg Schiano with “Goat of the Week.”
Goat of the Week
Greg Schiano, head coach, Tampa Bay. The choice Schiano had to make with 70 seconds left in the fourth quarter and a 16-14 lead over New Orleans, with a 4th-and-3 at the Saintsâ€™ 29, in a game in which neither team had any timeouts left: He could have punted and pinned Drew Brees at the, say, 10-yard line with 64 seconds left. Brees would have needed maybe 60 yards to get into Garrett Hartley field-goal range. Or he could have the August waiver signing from Buffalo, Rian Lindell, try a 47-yard field goal. If Lindell made it, the Saints would have had to drive for a touchdown to win the game. If Lindell missed it, the Saints would get the ball at their 37- and need 30 yards to be in field-goal range. Schiano decided to try the field goal. It was shanked. Brees went 54 yards, sweatlessly, to the winning chip-shot field goal as the clock expired. Bad decision by a coach under fire.
Now Joe doesn’t know that Schiano is under fire. But with more stunts like this, he will be and should be.
If Schiano soon cannot break his 0-5 streak in games decided by a field goal or less — 0-5!!! — Schiano should be raked over the coals.
Pardon Joe for a moment while he returns to CVS for more Nexium.