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Clock Management for Football Coaches

I'm amazed at the number of NFL and college football coaches who don't know the basics of Clock Management, especially when it comes to calling timeouts near the end of the first half. The cardinal rule of calling timeouts near the end the half is that you should never call one that might benefit your opponent. This means teams on offense inside their own 40-yard-line with less than two minutes left in the half should NEVER call a Timeout until they get at least one (more) first down. It also means teams on defense inside the two-minute mark should NEVER call a timeout until they get the other team to fourth down, and call one then only if they are sure that team is going to punt. A prime example of failure to follow this rule (and getting burned by it) occurred in the Eagles-Rams game on Sunday. The Eagles had the ball on their own 24-yerd-line with a third and 11 as the time in the first half ticked down under one minute. The Rams then inexplicably called a timeout even though the Eagles had converted several third and long plays into first downs ealier in the game. And, sure enough, they did it again this time, completing a 30+ yard pass play into Rams' territory. The Eagles went on to score a field goal, which they might not have had time to get, had the Rams not given them an extra timeout. As it turned out, that field goal was the difference in the game, with the Eagles winning 37-35.



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