Originally Posted by Double Barrel
Concerns about predictability of play calling when protecting a lead is valid. That thought crossed my mind last night when thinking about this subject, as well.
It's a symbiotic relationship between the coaches and players. The coaches have to call the right plays and the players have to try to make those plays successful. While I agree that the head coach is ultimately responsible at the end of the day, part of his job is to keep the players from mentally taking a break during games when they have a lead, as well.
I'm not against the percentage strategy that Kubiak employs to protect leads. But, like most of y'all, I agree that it needs to be less predictable. If I'm calling the plays before the hike from my couch, I have no doubt that the opposing defensive coordinator knows, as well.
Like I said, it's a fine line to balance, but, always keep in mind that Kubiak is doing what great head coaches before him taught him to do in those situations.
A great HC would use that 3rd and long draw play all season long, then pull a flea-flicker on that same scenario in a playoff game when he needs it most.
All I can think is that Kubiak is (a) trusting his defense and maybe (b) baiting teams to fall for a deceptive 3rd and long play that an opposing d-coord has scouted and scouted on film...and yet that d-coord doesn't know the fireworks are about to begin on them.
I want to think that, but it's Kubiak we're dealing with here. I might be giving him too much credit for deploying strategy like that for the one-time use of a flea flicker or PA pass or something. LOL. More than likely, he's just giving the defense a chance to make something happen that he couldn't.