Thread: Football The Philosophy of Bill Walsh
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Old 01-28-2013, 07:46 PM   #44
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A few weeks later, the season ended, the Jets' coach was fired and his offensive coordinator got the opportunity to go job hunting. Although he was an excellent man, the Jets' head coach contributed to his own downfall. He had no plan to deal with using the clock to control the final moments of the game.

A somewhat similar situation confronted the Oakland Raiders in a recent game. The Raiders, after playing a great all around game, lost to the Kansas City Chiefs on the final play of the game. Two actions by the Raiders contributed to their own downfall—Oakland's failure to run more time off the clock on their last possession and being in a poorly suited coverage in the last ten seconds of the game.

As a result, the Chiefs had one last shot at the end zone from the Raiders' thirty yard line. Kansas City proceeded to win the game on a beautifully executed throw and catch. The point to remember is that Kansas City should never have had that opportunity. Mistakenly, the media blamed a Raider cornerback.


All too often, those incredible come from behind victories that occur in the last seconds could have been avoided if the losing team had only employed better tactics on their last possession or even their last two possessions.

Teams, in time sensitive situations, have to be able to run time off the clock. They also have to know exactly what type of defensive coverage is appropriate for a given situation.
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