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July 1999

July 1999


No Time to Huddle

by: John T. Reed.
Author, Football Clock Management.
© July 1999

Huddling when you are behind is like lighting your cigar with $100 bills.

Let's say your team is behind by five points with 10 seconds left to go in the game. You have the ball first and 10 at midfield. You can run two plays before time runs out, if you can stop the clock after the first one. To go 50 yards in two plays, you have to average 25 yards per play.

The rule I am applying to arrive at that answer is: The number of yards you need on your next play is whatever you need to get a first down or whatever you need to win the game, whichever is greater.

Normally, four yards is enough with first down and 10, if gaining another first down is your only goal. The problem with virtually all football coaches is that they still think merely gaining another first down is their goal when, in fact, a first down is no longer enough....The full article can only be seen by subscribers.
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