D.P. Wire Report 11/1/11 11:37a.m.
Lost in the elation over the Kansas City Chiefs dramatic overtime victory against the San Diego Chargers and the Philip Rivers "Fumble Heard Round The World," was Todd Haley's questionable time management skills at the end of the game that had everything gone to Chief plan (other than getting a miracle turnover) would have left his team in more of a bind to drive for the tying field goal. According to lifelong Chiefs fan and Lee's Summit Lincoln Middleschool Remedial Math teacher Ed Zibikowski, Haley should have known better. "It really is the most basic of math skills, and I was yelling at the television last night as to what he was doing,"stated Zibikowski. He then made the class project for the day to put together timelines for the Chargers final drive had the Chiefs executed a three and out and the Chargers kicked a successful field goal, which is the outcome in 84.39% of these situations (courtesy of the ELieAs Sports Bureau). 13 out of 15 students saw what Haley failed to realize. His blunder nearly cost his team 15 seconds of precious time that would have put him on the wrong side of 1 minute left. Based on his class' outstanding performance, Zibikowski invited Haley and the Chiefs coaching staff to come see the timelines and and learn from their potentially costly mistake. Lincoln Middleschool spokesperson Heather Roundtree said they have yet to hear a response from Haley or the Chiefs, one way or the other. "When you look at it, you really wonder what was going through the coaching staff's minds," said student Reid Easterling, who Zibikowski judged to have submitted the best timeline. Here is that timeline below. The situation was the Chargers had a 1st and 10 from the Chiefs 25 with 2:39 left in the half and the Chiefs with two timeouts:
What the Chiefs Did What the Chiefs Should Have Done
Prior to 1st down: Let clock reach 2 minute warning Call timeout with about 2:39 remaining
1st down play: Executed from 2:00 to 1:53 Executed from 2:39 to 2:32
Prior to 2nd down: Call timeout with 1:53 Call timeout with 2:32
2nd down play: Executed from 1:53 to 1:45 Executed from 2:32 to 2:24
Prior to 3rd down: Call timeout with 1:45 Playclock runs to 2:00 where it stops
3rd down: Executed from 1:45 to 1:38 Executed from 2:00 to 1:53
Prior to 4th down: Clock runs from 1:38 to 0:58 Clock runs from 1:53 to 1:13
Chargers call timeout Chargers call timeout
4th down: FG good, clock from 0:58 to 0:53 FG good, clock from 1:13 to 1:08
It is clear to see that in the example on the right, the Chargers are running their THIRD down play at the same time in the game they are running their FIRST down play in what actually transpired. That's two plays worth of potential offense that were going to be thrown away had things gone statistically correct, rather than the Chiefs giving up a costly first down followed by the offensive gaffe of the decade. It's a coaching mistake that happens all too often in the NFL, where teams somehow fail to account for the extra timeout that's been provided in each half for many years. "Hue Jackson is welcome to take my class, too," jokes Zibikowski. "I'll just make sure the plan on the left is presented as the correct one."
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