15.Dec.2013 During the Dallas Game
Eddie Lacy got tackled at ~2 yard line inside 2 minutes. He didn’t score the TD but did get the 1st down. The announcers commented how this actually helped the Packers because they could run clock, as opposed to if he scored.
Obviously I thought of Victor Bolden vs the Ducks.
Bigger question though, do coaches start teaching guys to not score in that situation? It seems right now some players do it via intuition (I think I saw Brent Celek go down at the 5 yard line a few weeks ago to run out the clock, but that wasn’t in a game they were behind). As we know, it can be the difference between a win and a loss. I don’t expect Riley to ever teach this (it’s way too progressive for him), but I’m curious to see if it catches on. With modern rules heavily favoring offense, I am not sure you want your D having to make a game winning stand.
If I were a coach I’d teach it and use it in the appropriate situations, but I’d also bring in my reliever in the 7th or 8th inning if that’s when a ballgame were being decided.