Philly’s Perfect Pitcher

Ten Things I Think I Think

1. I think this is what I liked about Week 13:

a. Justin Tucker, in 32 career games including playoffs, has made 93 percent of his field goals (63 of 68). That says two things: Tucker should be DNA tested for the clutch gene. And the NFL needs to do something to make field goals harder.

b. I believe I’ve made that point before.

c. Is there a better 1-2 running back punch in football today than Reggie Bush and Joique Bell? Absolutely unequivocally not.

d. Bush: 182 total yards against Green Bay. Bell: 128. That’s 310 yards from people not named Calvin Johnson for Detroit in one game.

e. Bill Belichick Is Not Playing Dept.: Stevan Ridley (2012 rushing yards: 1,263), fumbler, was a healthy scratch for New England at Houston.

f. Julius Peppers is a hard day’s work for any offensive lineman, and Sunday in Minnesota was no different.

g. Three sacks on the Vikings’ first three possessions for the Bears, who will not exit contention quietly.

h. Alshon Jeffery’s hands.

i. Rob Gronkowski’s too. Watch the replay of him picking the touchdown pass from Tom Brady up six inches from the tip of the grass.

j. Tim Ryan’s excellent analysis on FOX about Cam Newton being late with a first-quarter throw that turned into an interception.

k. Trent Cole. Stunning that his first-quarter strip-sack of Carson Palmer was only his fourth sack of the year (he added another one later in the game). He’s too good for that.

l. Joe Haden’s fourth pick in the last four games.

m. Larry Fitzgerald, who is so much more of a physical receiver than he looks. Check out the stereo hit he took against the Eagles, followed by him running the last 26 yards without breaking stride.

n. Best decision Chip Kelly’s made this year: Giving Riley Cooper another chance.

o. Cam Newton definitely crossed the plane of the goal line before fumbling in the second quarter against Tampa. Definitely a TD, and good use of replay.

p. Ben Tate’s 20-yard touchdown run against the Patriots. Devin McCourty’s jock is still on the turf at Reliant Stadium.

q. Ernie Accorsi with a nice seat in Charlotte Sunday—right next to owner Jerry Richardson. Accorsi’s a mentor to Panthers GM Dave Gettleman.

r. Whoa, Jon Beason. What a hit on Robert Griffin III in the first Washington series Sunday night.

2. I think this is what I didn’t like about Week 13:

a. Green Bay’s offensive line. Don’t tell me what a bad game Matt Flynn had in Detroit. He did. But he never had a chance.

b. Arizona left tackle Bradley Sowell. He was a vacation for the Eagles’ Trent Cole and Brandon Graham.

c. Take the three points, Joe Philbin!

d. I mean, you’re playing a team, the Jets, that is the worst offensive team in football. Bar none. It’s 0-0 with two minutes left in the first half. Fourth-and-goal from the New York 2. You can take a 3-0 lead and instead choose to put it in the hands of a quarterback whose strength, to put it mildly, is not the touch fade pass. I’m only mildly affected by the fact that you did rebound to kick two field goals because of the incredibly inept Jets before halftime.

e. Arizona CB Jerraud Powers, you cannot interfere in the end zone. But you know that. If you’re going to tamper, at least try to disguise it.

f. The first half of Tennessee-Indianapolis, which I think is still going on.

g. It took one hour and 38 minutes.

h. Catch the ball, Heyward-Bey.

i. How bad was Sunday for the Jets? Not just another dispiriting loss, but this: The first-round pick, cornerback Dee Milliner, was benched. The second-round pick, quarterback Geno Smith, was benched.

j. Terrible call on Bears tackle Jermon Bushrod by the officiating crew at Minnesota, the five-yard delay of game for throwing the ball downfield. Bushrod barely dropped the ball behind his back. Silly, over-officious call.

k. Giants. Sieve. Early.

l. Mike Shanahan has many bigger things to worry about, but if I were him, I’d ask the coach who told him to review the fourth-quarter Brandon Myers catch-and-stretch for a first down, “What possibly were you thinking, and why do you think we should have wasted a crucial timeout to review that?”

3. I think the more I see London Fletcher, even now at 38, the more I think he’s the kind of player who will deserve honest consideration for the Pro Football Hall of Fame. I mean, how long has he been the defensive centerpiece for teams? Since the turn of the century. He’s never missed a game in 16 years. Did you see Sunday night how he made a stop with a couple of minutes to go and forced the Giants to punt—and Washington had a chance to win at the end instead of the Giants running out the clock. That’s typical of Fletcher. A perfect glue guy for the Rams, Bills and now Washington for the past seven years.

4. I think if you want to measure the value of a good coach, look at what Gus Bradley is doing in Jacksonville. In the last month the formerly winless Jaguars are 3-1. They’re feisty on defense, imaginative on offense and the thing you notice is even though they have nothing to play for, they play as though a playoff spot is on the line. Owner Shad Khan has to be thrilled with the hire.

5. I think we all thought Darrelle Revis had enough time to rehab and play well this season. We all were wrong. He’s trying to gut it out, but to see Ted Ginn school him for a touchdown Sunday … not the Revis we’ve known.

6. I think I don’t see how Peyton Manning’s not the MVP as we speak. But it’s not over. Drew Brees, Russell Wilson, Cam Newton, Calvin Johnson and Tom Brady can still contend. And perhaps Tony Romo and Nick Foles, but they’d have to have a blistering December.

7. I think, somehow, I don’t get the same excited feeling I had about the Dr. Z NFL Films piece two weeks again and the Steve Gleason: A Football Life last week when I hear this week’s NFL Network special is about the wacky ’90s Dallas offensive line.

8. I think this is all you need to know about the New York Jets’ quarterback situation: Geno Smith’s last touchdown pass was three days before the first pitch of the World Series. That’s 43 days ago. He was not replaced as the starting quarterback at any point during those 43 days. And as of this morning, he is still the starting quarterback of the Jets.

9. I think if you’re wondering what Brett Favre will be doing Friday night, the offensive coordinator of the Oak Grove (Miss.) High football team will be accompanying his ballclub north to Jackson for the 6A Mississippi High School Football Championship Game against Tupelo High. On the road to the title game, Oak Grove has scored 38, 38 and 45 points in the playoffs. Mike Holmgren, and Irvin Favre, would be proud.

10. I think these are my non-football thoughts of the week:

a. I have tried to think since the end of the Alabama-Auburn game whether I’ve ever seen a more significant, thrilling and shocking end to a sports event. There must be, right? I just can’t for the life of me think of it. Think of the potential national champion in a sport—a team that has won two straight national titles—losing out on a third because a return man ran a missed field-goal attempt back the length of the field for a touchdown. It’s unheard of. And in a bitter rivalry game, no less. Just an amazing, amazing finish.

b. Happy wedding, Drew Rosenhaus. Is it possible you are seeing there is more to life than football? Good luck.

c. I guess this means you’re a restricted free agent now.

d. Watched Oregon-Oregon State Friday for a bit. Thought I was watching a game played by Crayola Crayons. The big box, with all the burnt oranges and colors so bright you’ve got to wear shades.

e. Duke is in the ACC Championship Game, with 10 wins. Yeah, I called that. Sure I did.

f. If you’re a high school quarterback, or a skill player on offense, and you’ve seen TV specials and stories out the wazoo on Peyton Manning praising Duke coach David Cutcliffe and using Duke facilities for his rehab, and then going back there again this year with brother Eli, Wes Welker and Victor Cruz … all of a sudden, you have to think, “Maybe I should consider Duke.”

g. I can see Carlos Hyde being a Trent Baalke draft choice. Perfect physical Niners back.

h. Glad to see the officials throwing out three guys for fighting in Ohio State-Michigan. Should have been more.

i. Only 113,511 at the Big House. Thinking that should on my bucket list. Covered a game there; never sat in the stands.

j. John Tortorella did not have a nice afternoon at Madison Square Garden Saturday.

k. Starting to like you a lot, Cory Schneider.

l. Coffeenerdness: In the midst of a jillion Manhattan Starbucks shops, here comes Ground Central, on East 52nd. Very good espresso. Hope it can survive.

Talk Back

Have a question or comment for Peter? Email him at talkback@themmqb.com and it might be included in Tuesday’s mailbag.

m. Beernerdness: Beer of choice on Thanksgiving: Brewmaster Jack’s James Happy Blonde Ale, with a chunk of the malt grown in Hadley, Mass. I had three bottles and gave away two, which put me in misery when the second pint was finished. Absolutely delicious. Bold and smooth, a perfect taste. I love that Brewmaster Jack beer. Tiny little brewer in Northhampton, Mass.

n. Pope Francis Quote of the Week: “How can it be that it is not a news item when an elderly homeless person dies of exposure, but it is news when the stock market loses two points?”

o. I think the new Pope is trying to get me back in the pew every Sunday.

p. Headlines you see only in New York, this one from Wednesday’s Daily News about a reputed gangster acquitted of ordering a hit on a police officer: “Mob goon beats rap in cop slay.”

Who I Like Tonight

Seattle 30, New Orleans 27. For this to happen, I have to have some belief in the Seattle bench at cornerback—particularly in 2011 sixth-round pick Byron Maxwell, making his first career start, and the marginal Jeremy Lane, now in the nickel role. How’d you like to be Maxwell? Eyes of the nation on this game, national TV, first start, knowing as the corner opposite star Richard Sherman that Drew Brees has a bulls-eye on your chest for four quarters? “All our corners will be confident in this game,” safety Earl Thomas told me the other day. “The way our attitude is, just because you’re not starting doesn’t mean you’re not a starting-caliber player. Our backups are just as good as our starters—that’s our feeling. How do you think Richard Sherman got his start? You’ll be surprised. They’re all going to play well.” Without starter Brandon Browner (hurt, and facing a possible suspension) and nickel back Walter Thurmond (four-game suspension), Brees will complete his share. Watch, particularly, for the breakout fifth-round pick, receiver Kenny Stills, to be a big threat in the game.

Why do I like Seattle? Russell Wilson—playing his idol, Brees, for the first time—is 13-0 at home in his two years as starter. But I think the biggest weapon Seattle has tonight is Marshawn Lynch. A rested Marshawn Lynch, mind you. Seattle’s been idle for 15 days, and Lynch will be ready for the stretch drive beginning tonight. I think Seattle has to play clock ball in this game. Long drives, limiting Brees’ possessions, will be Seattle’s best friend. I can see Seattle running it 40 times.

The Adieu Haiku

Chaos at FedEx.
A ref’s job: control the game.
Jeff Triplette didn’t.

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345 comments
DrewS
DrewS

From Philly and love Nick Foles. Everybody is looking for the next great QB in the draft. You can end up with Peyton Manning or you can end up with Ryan Leaf. That wasted number one pick can set your team back 3-4 years. It's not the big rookie contract which is a thing of the past but the time you waste trying to determine if the QB is the real deal. Can the Eagles win a Super Bowl with Foles, who knows. Is Flacco in Baltimore that great. How much better is Flacco over Foles. Certainly the skills sets of Wilson, Kapernick, Breeze, Luck exceed those of Nick Foles. I really don't know if a slow footed QB with a good but not great arm can win it all. It would seem the time for game manager QB's to win a Super Bowl has come and gone. I'm willing to give up the next three seasons to find out if Foles is the one.

capsize284
capsize284

Miami was right to go for it on 4th down.  Every team in the league should go for it in that situation.

mg87
mg87

Regarding heartbreaking, last-second sporting decision:

Last year in Soccer in England a pretty similar thing happened during the play-offs for promotion to the Premier League. Leicester won the first game 2:1 and was awarded a penalty in the 94th minute in the second game (score was 2:1 Watford at that point).

Take a look what happened then: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_655WeSlBhM

BillRobinson
BillRobinson

I can't believe I actually took the time to read all 329 (to this point in time) comments to Peter's article above.

john174
john174

Hey PK, anyone who talks as much about drinking beer as you do really has no business making judgements about people who smoke pot. just how many people have died from a THC overdose anyway? And now,  how many every month die due to alcohol poisoning, drunk driving, etc? just saying you might want to rethink your attitude

raput76
raput76

who cares is the coach is European-American or black? I am so sick of the new racism....give it a rest, King

TomGrant
TomGrant

I can't wait to read more fascinating revelations about the referees.  I'm mean, Get Back Coach--who knew?  Actually, everyone except Peter King, apparently.  I just don't see how someone who makes their living watching football could not know about that.  Sort of makes you wonder what else he's missing.

berdosux
berdosux

Ok I know this is being picky, but I hate it when you do your "non-football" thoughts of the week, and then all it is is FOOTBALL talk.  Maybe put non pro football talk? 

GregAtkin
GregAtkin

I love PK i like his style, his tone his insight. But he has to become more objective.he despises Dallas. He isn't looking forward to seeing aspecial on one of the all-time greatest defensive line-the Dallas '90 D-line. Why?  Cause they didn'thave a cute nickname OR because they destroyed his pet teams in the northeast.   PK ignored the Dall-Redskin game a few weeks ago to watch the Red Sox.

C'mon . ThisCowboy team is the greatest of all times having won all 9 games in their respective super bowl title  years by double digits. No team was even close.  They handled the mighty 49ers in 92 and never looked back. They annhilated HOFer qbs Young ,Farve, and Kelly.  No lastsecond FGs , no tuck rules. They just smashed people

PK despises them yet constantly chirps up Miami and those horrible jets who were in his "fine fifteen just a few weeks ago. 

PK needs more perspective.

woodpro34
woodpro34

Really admire your work Mr. King, but your comparison of Megatron to Rice is pretty much plagiarism of Bill Simmon's Grantland masterpiece of 2 weeks ago, whether you know it or not.

gary7
gary7

Now you know what the “get-back coach” is,   um hey genius everybody over the age 10 who has watch NFL films knows this, numerous videos of coaches yelling where is the get back coach (Sorry Sabols, he must never watched one) and the "I kept saying to myself, I didn’t know that. ....Finally after all these years you hit the nail with the hammer

BhagwanRajneesh
BhagwanRajneesh

“What’s left of what used to be Dennis Miller sucks.”

Jon8
Jon8

Tonight: Seattle 41, New Orleans 21.

If I were Shanahan, other than looking for a new job or checking my retirement portfolio, I would have thrown my red flag as far out onto that field as I could throw it! I would not have cared that I was out of timeouts! Triplette, who has always been one of the worst Ref's in the NFL, with several controversies on his record, could not have ignored the flag and that would have allowed me (Shanahan) to try and get the situation straightened out!

Diversity by any other name is still affirmative action!

Tom52
Tom52

good one mentioning Rhett ellison as a goat. However you missed Adrian Peterson on your offensive players of the week. he ran for 211 yards. I think that should qualify.

wholesaler1972
wholesaler1972

No mention of the record-breaking Josh Gordon? Glad to see you did a Brett Favre update, though.

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Not A more thrilling finish than Auburn Alabama PK? I guess youre forgetting your beloved Patriots losing the Super Bowl (not to mention the only perfect season since the Fins) on a velcro top-of-the-helmet catch by David Tyree of the NY Giants. But nah, youre right...a college game sure beats that...{smirk} 

jhymas25
jhymas25

Bears fan here. I don't think they're making the playoffs, which is disappointing. But I find all the praises heaped on Josh McCown to be interesting; he is putting up fantastic stats to be sure, but the offense does not seem to be any better and may actually be worse. Just with the most basic measurement of ppg, Cutler holds a 27- 26 advantage. This counts the ravens game for Cutler and the Redskins game for McCown. If you throw out these two games Cutler holds a 29 - 23 advantage. As I said, pretty shallow analysis but something needs to be added to the conversation other than merely stats. All this talk of McCown being a better option at QB is just not passing the eye test to me. Very grateful for a competent backup after the last few years of horrid ones, but Cutler seems to make the offense as a whole better. Anybody know where stats to measure offensive efficiency adjusting for opponent can be seen for each week? (As far as I can tell, football outsiders only shows for the entire year)

Also to hear Mel Tucker as a head coaching candidate is kind of funny. He's running a defense that is currently ranked 17th on football outsiders (through week 12) after being 1st at the end of last year. Injuries are a part of that but the defense wasn't playing well early in the year either. 

Earl52
Earl52

Family time on thanksgiving? Not if you're an employee of the nfl with its 3 games which leads to players, coaches, stadium employees, extra policemen, etc all having to miss time away from their families, never mind the season ticket holders and fans who must choose between family and football. Kind of hypocritical to bash retail establishments for being open isn't it?

seamillguesthouse
seamillguesthouse

Again my Chargers are not worth mentioning.

Bolts fans are now  looking forward to 2014 season.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

If nine of your "non-football thoughts" are going to be about football, you should probably change the heading to "my non-NFL thoughts  of the week".  Not sayin', just sayin'.

stagger
stagger

"The Denver Post has hired a Marijuana Editor.

Ricardo Baca, a blunt-speaking man..."

Very punny Peter.

jeff_jo
jeff_jo

Auburn’s Jordan-Hare stadium is at 85.5W, 32.6N. Mizzou’s Memorial Stadium is at 92.3W, 38.9N. If you go north from Auburn to get to 38.9N, as Peter describes, you are 369 miles due east of Mizzou, not 445. That’s about a 21% error, Peter. But the result depends on which you do first: going south from Mizzou, you end up 399 miles due west of Auburn. That’s closer to your result, only a 12% error. :)

And in the NFL, however you do something similar with Cincinnati and Indianapolis, the likely winner of the AFC North lies 46 miles to the south of the likely winner of the AFC South.

ruggerrick9
ruggerrick9

I realize that Nick Foles does not run a 4.3 40 and doesn't have the fast twitch quickness of a young Mike Vick or RGIII or whomever.  But I think it's unfair to call him "unathletic".  He is certainly athletic enough to move the pocket, scramble away from pressure, and make occasionally runs when the defense gives it to him.  He ran 9 times for 47 yards last week, a 5.2 average, numbers Trent Richardson will kill for right now.  And how "unathletic" can a guy be who was offered basketball scholarships by Georgetown and the University of Texas?

andruid
andruid

I don't see why the end of the Auburn-Alabama game is such a big deal. As soon as I saw they were going for the field goal, I started shouting: "That's a big mistake. What about the runback?" Here are some examples of field goals returned for touchdowns [http://www.nfl.com/history/randf/records/indiv/misc]. Despite Nick Saban's claims to the contrary, not going for field goals like this is a well-known fact of football life. You didn't see Belichik make this kind of mistake.

UnishowponyWherebeef
UnishowponyWherebeef

I wonder if Peter King understands that NFL referees get paid six figure salaries.

So being impressed that they use expressions like UNR for unnecessary roughness is kind of goofy.

Over one hundred thousands dollars.

For being a referee.

They should be NFL encyclopedias. End of discussion.

JoseFigueroa
JoseFigueroa

Hey Peter,


Stop overreacting to the latest fad. I don't know how you have the Eagles 4 spots ahead of the Cowboys when they have the same record and Dallas beat the Eagles in Philly (held them to 3 points) and knocked the latest boy wonder out of the game. Plus the Cowboys are undefeated in the division. Be objective please.

woodson26
woodson26

@raput76 Yep....and why are players drafted, signed, traded, and cut from teams? because of performance, not the color of their skin...and that is how coaches should be judged

ProfessorGriff
ProfessorGriff

@GregAtkin 

They beat teams with stright up execution.  No Trick plays, no uneven formations, teams across the field knew what they were gonna do and still couldn't stop it.

MatthewEugeneHaag
MatthewEugeneHaag

@GregAtkin First off its that everyone in the COUNTRY outside of the actual city of Dallas is tired of hearing about the Cowboys.  Second I would've watched the Red Sox win the world series rather than the HORRID game that would be Dallas vs Washington.  Look its the fact that in those days the Cowboys were a GREAT football team.  We all know that.  We get it.  What we get sick of is you all NEVER let ANYONE forget it.  That and every single freakin YEAR we have to hear how you would go to the Superbowl if Tony Romo wasn't your QB.  Tell you what I am a Vikings fan.....Trade you Christian Ponder for Tony Romo.  Now Romo is not your QB go to the SB with Ponder.  Dare you.  If you take that offer it will prove that while Romo is no Troy he may be better than many out there.  I hate Dallas.  I have reason.  I grew up in Houston so I hate Dallas.  From Minnesota so I hate Green Bay too.  In the end I hate Dallas more than Green Bay because of obnoxious can't face reality fans.  Personally I wanna see a doc on the 85 Bears D.  Or the old Steel Curtain with Jack Lambert.  

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@woodpro34 : like there haven't been 1254 other writers who have thrown Rice's and Johnson's stats in their column in the last month for the same reason?

gary7
gary7

@woodpro34 he knows it, probably tells young woman at the coffee shop he is a GM 

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@BhagwanRajneesh I thought Miller was GREAT on MNF but, i realize that i'm in the 5% or so of the football-watching world that could put together his metaphors and comments without google in front of me.  That said, he's a shill, sell-out, phony, waste of air time these days.  Very sad.

GregAtkin
GregAtkin

@BhagwanRajneesh No the NFL sucks. There's going to be a wikileak expose on fixed games soon. Horrible officiating. the cap has created a mish-mash of mediocrity.

gary7
gary7

@Jon8 so Fred"The Head" Davis would not have dropped the ball on a average hit and Garcon would not have the ball taken from him like a mugger taken a purse from a 90 year old woman , the REDSKINS and Scamahan have more excuses than Peter King when he plays coach/GM like who should be starting at QB (Matt Flynn for the Bills a few games back, when he was on the roster for a week) Maybe King can become the GM for the Skins just to show even Vinnie Cerrato know more than this guy

SemperFiDTM
SemperFiDTM

Full disclosure - Im the most miserable Jets fan you know, and would like to complain right now that you didnt dump on them enough this week. Yes, really. (God they SUCK!! SHOOT ME!!!!)

blynder
blynder

@seamillguesthouse 

I don't agree.  I think there is some worth in mentioning the Chargers - it's a different year for them.  They have some talent issues they need to address - particularly on defense.  They are still "in the hunt" for that final wild-card spot.  They have games against Denver and KC yet to come. They could be the 6th Wild Card (Yes, it is a long shot); but that would be something to see!  Especially for the AFC W, which was the "worst" division last year....

josef918
josef918

@jeff_jo Ah, but are we considering traveling along great circles only, for the shortest distance, or simply moving east-west along lines of latitude?  I don't think this will make up the difference but we must be sure.  These things matter!

JahliSuwaghaman
JahliSuwaghaman

@ruggerrick9 I'd be willing to sacrifice a chicken to Jobu if it would get TRich to explode for the rest of the year like people thought he would coming out of college.

JPM
JPM

@andruid You absolutely shouted no such thing.

Mike26
Mike26

@andruid Don't forget - he also went for the field goal with his PUNTER/long-range kicker, NOT his full-time kicker.

SkeeterSkier
SkeeterSkier

@JoseFigueroa I'm a Cowboy fan, and I really don't care where a writer "ranks" my team. If it were my column, I may have ranked the Eagles (the team I detest more than any team on the face of the planet) a few spots ahead as well.

The REALLY COOL thing about the NFL is that teams make it to the post-season based on records, not polls. You've got 4 more weeks to curl up in your Cowboy pajamas and root for them to win...just like I'll be doing.

I'll never understand the nitpicking that goes on about who's ranked where when it just-doesn't-matter. 

KelubTX
KelubTX

@JoseFigueroaI totally agree. Plus the entire Cowboys' post being about how unfair Thanksgiving is... Yet nothing about the Lions having the same advantage in their write-up. At least he mentioned that Tony Romo should maybe, possibly, potentially, be in the conversation for MVP - but only if Nick Foles is too.

I'm glad to see some light being shed on the officiating, but there's still too much reverence placed on the referees. The officiating has been TERRIBLE this year. Just TERRIBLE. Yet no one wants to talk about it unless egregious mistakes are made. When the small mistakes continue to be made without anyone pointing them out, the large mistakes will eventually be made. You can't criticize the officiating without someone saying you're being a sore loser or acting like it's a social taboo. I clearly see it in games I have 0 interest in the outcome of. It's not bias. It's just people being bad at their jobs and no one being willing to discuss why they've digressed and what needs to be done to improve it.

I've been reading Peter's MMQB articles for over 10 years, but something about this year has just been sub-par. Used to be I could expect more depth to his articles, but the past year or two it seems like he just regurgitates the same talking points that everyone else mindlessly uses.

daved1015
daved1015

@SemperFiDTM   Geno is named the starter again this week to boot . Rex is going down with the ship.    Geno can't hit the broad side of a barn right now if he was standing right on front of it 


duckfan59
duckfan59

@Mike26 @andruid Why would he? His regular kicker was 0-3 from shorter distances and had one blocked.
I just think he should have tried the Hail Mary and if it doesn't work you go to OT. (yeah, I know, there's still the chance of an interception returned for a TD but at least with your offense on the field you have some athletes out there to tackle someone, unlike the field goal unit which is just O linemen, the kicker and the holder.).
Think Saban wishes he coul;d go back in time and NOT have that 1 second put back on the clock?  That made it even more absurd. That play would not have happened but for the clock adjustment.

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