This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest moments and decisions in football throughout the season. Coming out of Week 12, we’re focusing on the latest example of disgusting timeout management.

The stupidest of the stupid

It feels as though coaches have been misusing second-half timeouts this season more than ever. Just last week, the Packers were left with one timeout in crunch time against the Seahawks. And Mike McCarthy committed the same crime again on Sunday night. Two weeks ago, we ripped the Lions for leaving themselves in a similar situation. It’s just hard to fathom how often teams underestimate the importance of timeouts by using them in unnecessary situations.

But my favorite example of late came from Sunday’s Giants-Eagles tilt, where the Giants took a timeout in the second half of a one-score game prior to a 3rd-and-18 play at their own 29-yard line with more than 20 minutes remaining.

The play coming out of the timeout?

Was it worth it?

It rarely is, because the potential advantage gained from the chance to regroup during a timeout rarely is worth the potential problems that stem from losing a critical timeout.

In fact, you’d almost be better off sacrificing the entire play than wasting a timeout there. What’s a five-yard delay-of-game penalty when you’re facing such small odds of converting?

Third-and-18 is about a 5-10 percent proposition. You don’t use one of your three timeouts in a close game in order to boost your chances when facing such long-shot odds.

Lightning round

In that same half of that same close game, Pat Shurmur gave superstar rookie running back Saquon Barkley a grand total of five touches.

Meet the worst non-call of the 2018 season…

Who you throwing to, Lamar?

Ditto for you, Ben…

WYD, Leonard?

Frank Reich is pushing it…

Sorry, but does Baker Mayfield understand what the word “fired” means?

The Packers have been one of the stupidest teams in football this season…

Final stupid word

How in the world are we still awarding the defense the ball when an offensive team fumbles through the end zone? That rule should have been changed this offseason, but it wasn’t and it might have cost the Steelers a game on Sunday.

The offense should, of course, retain the ball if the fumble isn’t recovered, but they should be penalized 10 or 15 yards. That’s a happy medium, because it wouldn’t be right to let them keep it at the spot of the fumble, but it also isn’t right to take possession away from them.

About Brad Gagnon

Brad Gagnon has been passionate about both sports and mass media since he was in diapers -- a passion that won't die until he's in them again. Based in Toronto, he's worked as a national NFL blog editor at, a producer and writer at theScore Television Network and a host, reporter and play-by-play voice at Rogers TV. His work has also appeared at, Deadspin,, The Guardian, The Hockey News and elsewhere at Comeback Media, but his day gig has him covering the NFL nationally for Bleacher Report.