Monday, December 8, 2008

Zorn's Controversial Coaching

Zorn recently turned some heads with unorthodox coaching decisions on the Sunday Night Football game against the Ravens. Particularly calling a timeout with 25 seconds left in the fourth while trailing by 14 points. This was actually not a bad call. It was theoretically possible to score a TD, recover an onside kick, and score another touchdown. Small chance, yes, but he didn't give up. The most controversial call may be his decision to call for a punt after mounting one of the first solid drives. Dan T. from Extremeskins describes it:

"Down 14-0 with 6:12 left in the 2nd quarter, the offense is finally moving. Starting from their 10 yard line, they mount a decent drive. Campbell has hit passes of 8, 25, and 19 yards on this drive to Randel-el, Moss, and Portis. On a 3rd and 8, Sellers plows for 6 yards, to the Ravens' 43 yard line. 4th and 2, with 1:09 left in the half. Moving with the wind, they're getting close to field goal range, even for Suisham.

Cut to a shot of Zorn, who looks. . . god, I don't know, some combination of panicked, perplexed, apopolectic. He calls a timeout. Then sends in the PUNTING UNIT!?!?!? WHY??? Your offense is finally moving the ball. You have a chance to turn game momentum before the half with a score and you PUNT?? From the opponent's 43 yard line with 1:09 left? That's a loser's decision."

The play calling and intensity of the team may be subject to criticism. However, all things considered Zorn has been had a successful first year and should be retained for a second year.