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Comment of the week sponsored by Smith’s Restaurant and Bar: On questionable Chip play calling

Dec 18, 2013, 12:56 PM EDT

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Here’s this week’s winner of a $25 gift card to Smith’s. On not liking Chip Kelly’s 4th and 1 double reverse call, from stilllearninggolf:

If I call Hail Mary every single play and one of them finally makes it in the endzone, was that one play a good call? How about the other 50 I called that were incomplete, intercepted, or got my QB sacked?

You can’t judge a play by its result. You judge a play based on situation and risk. That play in that situation is not smart. One of the reasons why it’s not a good call is that so much is going on, and you expose yourself more to possibilities for turnovers, penalties, and injuries.

But it looked so pretty:


  1. Stupidcomment - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:04 PM

    But he called it one time..and it worked. This isn’t Andy throwing on third and one every time, this is one play called once the ENTIRE season..and that worked perfectly.

    I’d much rather have the play’s positive result then 50 plays that should be good for the situation but never get the result that is intended.

    Dude’s a cynic..don’t pay him for that.

    • BenE. - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:43 PM

      I just posted this in the other thread but a reverse will almost always be a play call that is judged based on the result. If the Cooper-Jackson exchange in botched, we all hate the play call and say it was unnecessarily risky on 4th and 1. But since it worked, we praise Chip Kelly for throwing a wrench into the Vikings defense and getting not just a first down, but a touchdown.

      • willh888 - Dec 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        Really, Chip goes for it on 4th and 1 and scores a TD with or without that illegal block and somehow he did something wrong? Running a fake FG with your punter throwing to a back up back up back up back up Someone is a lower percentage, cute little play. Running one of the 5 fastest dudes in the NFL off the edge on a play that’s designed to sucker in over-committed defenders sounds pretty.. sound.

    • tofoomeister - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:12 PM

      Eureka! A thing that every the700level reader agrees with

  2. Jason R. - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This wasn’t a “hail mary every play”, it was a trick play in a trick play situation. Not only that, with all the trickery Chip uses on every play to begin with, this wasn’t a hook-and-lateral-last-play-the-band-is-on-the-field scenario. Everyone did their job perfectly except for Foles who in fact tried to do too much (I assume someone’s pointed out that when practicing that play the coaches need to be sure he knows that’s illegal and just go ahead and let DJax at full speed outrun a flatfooted linebacker).

    If they hand it to Shady up the middle and he gets stuffed we’d all go “well, duh, they knew it was coming, have some imagination!!!”

    Stop getting cute with these Comment of the Week things, T7L.

  3. 2sentz - Dec 18, 2013 at 3:26 PM

    What a great play. Love how Shady & Peters blew up 3 guys opening the entire left side of the field (and watch #27 comically over-commit).

    Congrats on the gift card, but I really liked that play called at that time.

  4. lahoe819 - Dec 18, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    It seems like majority of commenters actually feel that the play call was actually a good idea. It’s not like chip is running the wildcat. He dials up one unorthodox play a game it seems. And seems to pick them at calculated times. They also seem to work barring bad blocking penalties by nick foles. Is it the comment of the week because it helps make your guys point or because he actually has a sound basis for his argument. Seems more of the former than the latter…

  5. solidsender - Dec 18, 2013 at 11:44 PM

    why is everybody defending this play that didn’t work? One of the hazards of trick plays is that they are more prone to penalties since they are not used often and the players don’t have the same level of practice in execution. I’m not saying it was a terrible call but it was far from a great one considering the situation. 4th and 1? There are plenty of lower risk play calls that may not have gotten the touchdown but likely would have gotten that yard.

  6. Negativo - Dec 19, 2013 at 12:03 AM

    A freak quarterback peel back block is more likely to happen than a hold on any play?

    • solidsender - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:24 AM

      That’s a silly question. Yes, a freak quarterback peel back block OR a hold is more likely to happen than ‘just a hold’ on any play.

  7. Lol - Dec 19, 2013 at 8:19 AM

    The voting for this is rigged. Chip Smelly clearly had the comment of the week.

  8. James - Dec 19, 2013 at 10:38 AM

    This was the worst comment of the year. You can’t judge a play by its result?


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