Jets-Chargers: Poor Play-Calling By New York Should Result in Lost Jobs

Daniel HynesCorrespondent ISeptember 22, 2008

The New York Jets need to fire their offensive coordinator. Or at least teach him new plays and when to use them.

After having the ball on the quarter yard line, down 29-45 with over three minutes to play, he proceeds to go to shotgun and pass the ball!

Brett Favre had just thrown another touchdown for the night. An interception in the end zone during the PAT placed the Jets on the one-yard line for their conversion attempt. The play comes in, and the Jets are looking to pass.

Then the defense was flagged for holding on the next play, which then place the Jets on the half-yard line. And once again, Brian Schottenheimer looks to pass.

When the third flag came out and placed the Jets on the quarter yard line, which  is under a foot from the goal line, I can't understand why he didn't line up three-wide and a tight-end, backed by a running back.

At that point he can call a quarterback sneak which is highly effective in a one-yard or less situation. If he didn't want to chance an injury, he could have then pitched it to the outside.

I'm also curious to know why Eric Mangini didn't override his decisions.

It appears that the coaching staff doesn't have faith in their team If they had, they may have been able to go 31-45, with just over three minutes to play, and two timeouts to work with.

I am not a head coach in the NFL, but I would think that almost any coach would say sneak it. Only needing less than a foot to convert the two point conversion would be pretty obvious.

I will play devil's advocate and say the Chargers would see that coming if he lines up under center, but could they really stop it?

Having Brett Favre as your quarterback, a future Hall of Famer, in a weak division where Tom Brady is out, there should be more of willingness to take chances like that.

People are going to say that Favre is old and they wouldn't want him to get hurt early in the season, but Favre wanted to play! And in yours, his, or anyone else's mind, that would say he is tough enough to take a hit and be able to walk away.

Think about it this way—what if the Chargers decided to blitz and sack him, then what? Is he more likely than not going to get hurt because he has a chance to get blind-sided?

While I am not a head coach of the NFL or of any sport, my logic, as well as that of those around me would have said to sneak it. If you disagree, it would be interesting to see why you do.