How the Redskins were even in Sunday’s game against the Eagles is a mystery, muchelss that they found themselves with a chip-shot field goal to go up three late.
But Chip Kelly, you are the reason for this article. Because with 1:09 left, and 2 of your timeouts left, with the Redskins looking at an 18-yard field goal, you couldn’t do some very simple calculations.
The Eagles run it up the middle for two yards with Morris, and Kelly burns his second timeout.
At this point on the broadcast, Kevin Harlan dared to float the idea to Rich Gannon, “There are some, Rich, that would maybe consider letting them score.”
By “some”, does he mean anyone who has ever watched football before? But Gannon shoots this down immediately saying, “I’m not one of em.”
Harlan affirms this is clearly the right decision, Morris runs up the middle again, gaining a yard, and Chip Kelly burns his final timeout with :56 to go, and Washington facing 3rd down. Kelly seems like a smart guy, but to get to this point, he must have believed that one of the following choices was a better course of action that leaving his offense (who had moved the ball well all day) over a minute and two timeouts to score:
a) He thought Mark Sanchez would only need :03 to score
b) He thought they would block or Forbath would miss the under 20 yard field goal (something that hasn’t happened in the NFL this season)
I expect this from your Gannons and your Harlans, but not from you Chip Kelly. Not from you. All three of those people considered either of the above a better decision than letting them score. That is what is called a gap in the market. There is a real place in this league for any coach that wants to step up and make some very simple decisions based on percentages.