Inside The Late Timeout

December 1st, 2009
Damn! I knew I shouldnt have called that timeout.

"Damn! I knew I shouldn't have called that timeout."

Joe stumbled across some unsettling information pertaining to the stinging Bucs loss to the Dixie Chicks Sunday.

When Raheem the Dream called a late timeout, Joe fell back in his chair and moaned out loud.

No, it had nothing to do with Rachel Watson.

Joe was scared the timeout would enable the Dixie Chicks to set up a play to win the game. It did, but it didn’t. The Dixie Chicks did go on to score.

The disturbing thing, however, was that the Bucs didn’t change the defense the showed just prior to Raheem the Dream calling a timeout, which in turn played right into the hands of the Dixie Chicks.

Atlanta quarterback Chris Redman, who hadn’t thrown an NFL pass in over two years, came off the bench and rallied the Dixie Chicks from behind to win. He explained to good guy albeit a Maoist, Michael Silver of Yahoo! Sports, what took place.

If Redman performs like he did last Sunday, his NFL employment prospects will remain bountiful. His relief effort was admirable even before he engineered the game-winning drive, but the day ultimately hinged on the final play, which called for future Hall of Fame tight end Tony Gonzalez to run an inside slant from one side and White, the team’s emerging star of a wideout, to run an outside slant from the other.

“When I got to the line [the Bucs] were in man free coverage, and I thought, ‘This is perfect; I couldn’t ask for anything better,’ ” Redman recalled. “Then they called timeout and I said, ‘Oh, no, they’re gonna change it for sure.’ But they came out in the same defense and tried to bracket Tony, so I was pretty sure I’d go Roddy’s way. I just trusted he was going to get across the defender’s face – and he’s a Pro Bowler, so I figured there was a pretty good chance he would.”

White did, and Redman made a throw that couldn’t have been more perfect. He knew it had reached his intended target not from what he saw amid the crowd of bodies or from the roar of the crowd, but from a slightly earlier, equally telling sound.

“It was kind of quiet when I threw it, and then I just heard the thump of the ball hitting his shoulder pads,” Redman said. “That’s what I remember about the play. It’s almost like that feeling when you hit a perfect golf shot – you just know.”

Geez, com’ on Rah, if you call a timeout, at least show or flash something different.

7 Responses to “Inside The Late Timeout”

  1. Louie Says:

    Another “rookie mistake”, eh?

  2. JB Says:

    Too much Monday morning quarterbacking!!

  3. bucsfanlostiniowa Says:

    Unless I’m mistaken weren’t the washington and atlanta games very similar? Wasn’t there some time out/clock management issues in that game as well?This is no rookie mistake this is a guy who doesn’t know how to run a team.

  4. lightningbuc Says:

    I’m surprised Redman didn’t say “Oh look, its Derrick Roberson, This is perfect; I couldn’t ask for anything better.”

  5. k_bassuka Says:

    2 things, first why in H@LL is Roberson covering White and not Talib on a man situation? Second why is Sabby not looking at the QB? If his @ss was playing like a safety he could’ve broke up the play. Gosh, I dunno which I hate the most him or Handstone 80.

  6. Joe Says:


    Talib was hurt. He pulled his hamstring just a few plays prior and was unable to go. He may not be able to play at Carolina Sunday.

  7. CharlieB Says:

    Because Sabby was assigned to bracket Gonzales and Talib was hurt.