|Posted by Joe Stenard on February 8, 2010 at 2:05 PM|
It was this games crucial play: The ONSIDE KICK!
Instead of returning the ball to the Colts as expected, Coach Payton surprised everyone by trying a very risky play. It turned out well for the Saints but it could have been humiliating and been recorded as notoriously foolhardy. The point I focus on here is not the outcome, but the decision process.
Consider the risks:
use a punter who has never tried this in a NFL game and has only 10 days of practice
he doesn't know if the other team knows what he is attempting
the onside kick is successful less than 30% of the time.
the team is already a little behind - this could be much worse
Consider the potential benefit:
Deny possession, conserve time on the clock, better field position
I like that economics is a part of things I already enjoy.