Bad 4th Quarters, Bad Outcomes

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  1. CloakNNNdagger

    CloakNNNdagger Site Contributor

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    The Washington Post reports a pretty good summary of what seems to be a chronic team problem.

    Schaub's injuries aren't going to help his completion percentage.
     
  2. TheDream34

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    This same problem has been going on for years and it's not like the team has gotten any worse, at some point you got to start pointing fingers at the coaching staff.
     
  3. CloakNNNdagger

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    We've been asking ourselves these questions every year.........and every year we get those same answers that do not make a winner.

    Certainly, execution has been part of the problem. But keep in mind execution can be very dependent on PROPER conditioning.

    And as far as the "conditioning" factor not being a problem.......Practicing in extreme heat and humidity does not in itself lead to improved conditioning.......especially when you play virtually all you games indoors or in cooler outdoor conditions. The Texans are making this type of practice of inordinate importance in achieving "conditioning."

    The conditioning factor in hot and humid environments depends mostly in proper hydration. And the usual hydration techniques are very inefficient in bringing about the change that really brings about maximum performance.........i.e., the change of bringing down the CORE BODY TEMPERATURE.

    The CORE BODY TEMPERATURE is the temperature in the part of the body containing the vital organs (the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys). The core temperature is measured internally (eg., in the rectum or oesophagus) and it usually remains within a narrow range, between 36.5 and 37.5°C. This is the temperature at which the majority of the chemical reactions in the body work most efficiently. During exercise, heat is generated and the muscle temperature may rise to 39 or even 40°C. Skeletal muscle functions best at 38.5°C.

    The CORE BODY TEMPERATURE is the temperature in the part of the body containing the vital organs (the brain, heart, lungs, and kidneys). The core temperature is measured internally (e.g. in the rectum or esophagus) and it usually remains within a narrow range, between 36.5 and 37.5°C. This is the temperature at which the majority of the chemical reactions in the body work most efficiently. During exercise, heat is generated and the muscle temperature may rise to 39 or even 40°C. Skeletal muscle functions best at 38.5°C.

    For those that are interested in an excellent review of some of the facts concerning core body temperature and its dramatic effect on athlete performance:

    http://corecool.co.uk/science.htm


    This technique has been used by some NFL and college football teams for years (e.g. the Miami Hurricanes since 1993).

    http://corecool.co.uk/in_brief.htm
     
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  4. HJam72

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    Gator-aid. Scientifically proven to...

    Seriously, though, this problem with not performing well in 4th qtrs. scares me, because it's generally synonymous with bad teams getting their butts kicked by superior talent that has been pacing itself the first 3 qtrs. That's what superior opponents are tempted to do: dog it and only perform hard when necessary to stay in the game, then kick your @$$ in the 4th qtr.
     
  5. Malloy

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    I think the entire team should be barred from looking at the scoreboard in the second half. It 'feels' as if they're getting psyched, scared to fall for the opponents comeback, resulting in just that happening.

    Playcalling & playing, never take the foot off the throttle, play as if you're behind and your life depends on a W. Once you're defensive & trying to play safe (cute) shit happens.

    All out, all day :)
     
  6. Honoring Earl 34

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    Being predictable and players not making plays kills them . You can be predictable if you are better ( see Cowboys of the 90's with Tuinea , Allen , Stepnowski , Newton , Williams ) and get 5 yards a pop rushing .
     

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