We haven't seen coaching gaffes in 2011 on the same scale as Marty Mornhinweg's overtime fiasco or Joe Gibbs' decision to ice the kicker twice, but this NFL season has displayed no shortage of coaching errors.
Though not immediately monumental, they were enough to cost their respective teams a win, and could ultimately cost them a postseason berth. Not coincidentally, these mistakes are coming from coaches of teams with not much room for error and could find themselves on the outside looking in come January.
While the mistakes didn't provide value in the win column, they certainly provided discussion value. Is erring on the side of caution forgivable? How aggressive is too aggressive? At what point is a coach truly at fault?
The answers to those are complicated, but so were the mindsets of three coaches that made awful decisions to cost their team precious victories.