San Dieguito H.S. class of 87
college of the redwoods
in charge of getting run over......then discovering the powers of medicinal marijuana...
HI again Craig. I know at this point its like flogging a dead horse, but in so far as the time wasted, I would also have to include to 10 second penalty - which when added to your 'tape review' of 7.5 seconds would make 17.5 seconds lost.
I do not have the advantage of a recording of the game. All that I do is from memory - which is far from perfect. My original calculation of the wasted time was based on the real clock time between plays. If the clock was set to 38, then 28 after the penalty and the following play ended at 8 seconds, then it took 20 seconds to run that play over the middle to Walters and call a time-out. I figured the play itself took between 5-7 seconds from the snap of the ball - and hence my total wasted time estimation of 10-15 seconds (excluding the 10 from the penalty). There may have also been some wasted time after the play before the time-out was called. I seem to recall that the clock had run down to 2 seconds or so, but 8 was put back on the clock, so it was hard for me to determine exactly how much time could have been wasted after the catch.
Hi Craig, I can understand Norv wanting to save the time-out. But what I can't excuse is the fact that when he did it, the rest of the team was milling around like the timeout had been called. The team was in disarray and wasted 10-15 more seconds before snapping the ball. There was even time enough to prepare as the clock was stopped while the refs placed the ball, assessed the penalty and then stated up the clock, but the Chargers did not take advantage of this. There is no one else to blame but the coach when the entire team is not on the same page. Its really that simple. A good coach would have let his team know in advance what to do under each possible circumstance. Something like "If we get a completion over the middle, don't call timeout, instead rush up to the line and get a ply off as quickly as possible to conserve time. Go for the end zone or the sidelines so we can stop the clock that way." But that's not what happened. It looked to me that Norv made one decision (or no decision) then changed his mind (or over ruled some player on the field) and chaos ensued for several seconds. I'm sorry, even in the preseason, that just poor coaching.