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Is Shanahan Crazy?

No Guts, No Glory, Mike Shanahan?

Should more NFL coaches show the guts Broncos Head Coach Mike Shanahan did when he went for two in San Diego?

Posted by Emil Steiner on September 15, 2008 9:30 AM
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CounterClckWise: San Diego was unable to defend the short slant. That's how the touchdown was scored, after all. Shanahan saw the hole and decided to take ad...

Bucking Bronc: San Deigo made the mistake of giving up. It was a bad call but bad calls happen. They needed to play all 60 minutes and failed....

ozzie: Raiders should trade Mccfaden to the Browns for Jamal Lewis and a 2nd round pick. That way they can start Lewis at RB and get a 2nd round pi...

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Jimmy Da 2-Can :

This is only a great move if you make it. Otherwise you are that idiot who blew the game.

Duderino :

This was a great move, and shows that Shanahan has at least an intuitive understanding of basic statistics (whether he explicitly had any idea what he was doing nobody knows). Look at this way. You have a little bit less than a 50% chance of converting a two point try in the NFL. As high scoring a game that was, both teams were scoring on almost every drive. So whoever wins the coin toss wins the game. Thus, either time has a little bit less than a 50% chance of winning in OT (cuz they didn't score every time, just almost every time). Why rely on coin to determine your fate? Better to leave the game in your own hands. If you lose, you lose. But at least you had your offensive shot.

Falco :

He's not crazy, HE'S NUTS! And he should be fired. This isn't Madden, it's professional football. You don't risk losing for ego. It beyond reason and is a major disappointment.

color blind :

I think that the coach knew that the referee was going to make it up for the mistake a would have given the Chrgers a chance to win the game. That said it was a completely reckless call. It took logic out the game, not a good thing...

Charlie :

Hmm. I have a 50-50 shot at getting the ball on the kickoff in OT. Both teams have been running up and down the field like there was a track meet, so there's a good chance that whoever gets the ball will score. So, do I think that my team, the one that's put up 37 so far on my opponent, has a better than 50/50 chance of making the 2 point conversion? If I do, and Shanahan must have, then I go for two, 'cause I sure as hell ain't trustin' this to my D.

Steve :

Shanahan's move was completely stupid -- par for the course from the league's craziest coach. However, this pales compared to the officiating blunder which led to the touchdown in the first place. After horribly bungling the initial call, why didn't the refs make the obvious holding call on the 2-point conversion? Instead, they tilted the game Denver's way, then put their whistles in their pockets. This game was a disgrace to football...

Steve :

OK, why was Shanahan's move so stupid in the first place? Because if you kick the point to tie the game, and go on to lose in overtime, you have lost one football game. If you go for two and don't make it, this humiliating failure will give a body blow to your team which will affect the course of their entire season. Shanahan got lucky, not smart...

Mike V :

Shanahan's call demonstrated confidence in his team and was a mark of leadership. The confidence he exhibited has no doubt elevated the team and will have a big impact on the team's performance the rest of the season. If Cutler disagreed he could have argued, but instead he executed.

Tyler Durden :

Who cares. Either way any team that gives up that many points isn't going too far anyway. A passing attack is one thing, but honestly once the weather gets colder the points will be fewer and further between. The Broncos will fall apart.

Tim O :

I don't think Shanahan's move was that stupid, considering how easily the Chargers were moving the ball against the Denver defense. He might have felt that with his defense playing so badly, that playing for a tie and the overtime was just delaying the inevitable defeat. What it shows is how little confidence he has in his defense, no matter how else you spin it. If he has ANY confidence in his defense, he kicks the PAT and takes his chances in OT.

Pats Fan in VA :

I think there was some sportsmanship involved in the call.

Shanahan knew that Ed "Guns" Hochuli gave him a gift TD with the blown call.

So, by going for two, he gives the Bolts a decent chance to still win the game.

Of course, being coached by Norv Turner, they blow it.

Elliah Hawk :

I hope that Ed Hochuli was given the game ball by Denver, cause they would not have won without him. And to PATS FAN IN VA's point, do they drug test refs? "Guns" looks like he's on the cream and the clear.

CounterClckWise :

San Diego was unable to defend the short slant. That's how the touchdown was scored, after all. Shanahan saw the hole and decided to take advantage. The Orange Mush second half meltdown was a secondary factor.

Bucking Bronc :

San Deigo made the mistake of giving up. It was a bad call but bad calls happen. They needed to play all 60 minutes and failed.

ozzie :

Raiders should trade Mccfaden to the Browns for Jamal Lewis and a 2nd round pick. That way they can start Lewis at RB and get a 2nd round pick pretty much for nothing.

 
 
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