This Weekend in NFL Stupid highlights the dumbest moments and decisions in football throughout the season. Coming out of Week 8, we’re focusing on two overly conservative situational miscues from NFC East head coaches.
The stupidest of the stupid
Down two touchdowns with 5:37 remaining, New York Jets head coach Todd Bowles decided to punt on a 4th-and-13. Do you seriously think you have a better chance at getting the ball back TWICE and scoring TWO touchdowns in the final five minutes than you do at completing a 13-yard pass on fourth down and then scoring, getting it back and scoring again? This should be common sense…
Down 15 points with 11:30 remaining, Miami Dolphins head coach Adam Gase decided to kick a 46-yard field goal on a 4th-and-4. Congratulations on making a two-score game a two-score game, Adam! You needed two touchdowns, now you still do.
The Jets only got one more possession, while the Dolphins collapsed after their field goal anyway.
Totally cool with a fourth-and-short gamble, Dolphins, but is this really the play you’re riding-or-dying with? (And no, 14-year veteran Frank Gore, pass interference doesn’t exist behind the line of scrimmage.)
Apparently this was a “taunt” from Dede Westbrook…
Look at the brutality. “Personal foul, hit to the helmet” pic.twitter.com/uwZIUVpsgF
— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) October 28, 2018
Not good math here…
The Jets declined a pass interference call on second-and-10 to make it third-and-10 instead of second-and-20?
— Bill Barnwell (@billbarnwell) October 28, 2018
Final stupid word
Can’t leave you without a take on this…
Packer fans were gearing up for another Aaron Rodgers 2 minute drill…. then this happened
— 🇨🇦Homer Glumplet🏀 (@DFSBBallGuy) October 28, 2018
Maybe Ty Montgomery did it to deliberately defy his coaching staff, and if that’s the case the Packers have bigger problems on their hands. But either way, that’s a terrible decision.
To be clear, nobody should be returning kicks from the end zone these days. Like, ever. Especially when Aaron Rodgers is their quarterback and time is precious.
The numbers behind Ty Montgomery's bad decision…
– Only 29% of returns from the end zone this season have reached the 26-yard line.
– Only 15% have passed the 30-yard line.
– Only 5% have passed the 40-yard line.
Almost never worth the turnover risk/loss of clock time.
— Brad Gagnon (@Brad_Gagnon) October 30, 2018