I can’t help but think about the end of the game yesterday and how the Packers just botched the clock management. The 10 second run-off then the weird starting-the-clock-immediately-without-letting-us-snap thing definitely hurt – but our management of the clock prior to that was a problem. I was serious when I wrote in the process of all that that we ought to fake spike. I think that stands as one of the most effective plays there is. And it should have happened after we got the ball down to the 6 yard line or so. I have seen it done 2x and both times it worked like magic. Every defender is expecting the spike so they relax and if the offense has been alerted to it, they are wide open. And it would have been easy to alert the offense. Before the Pack took possession with 1:25 or so remaining, Flynn could have simply huddled and said at the first opportunity we’re going to fake spike. It is incredibly effective.
Speaking of fakes, another defining moment of the game was Pitt’s fake punt. That was a thing of beauty. It’s so hard for me to watch something like that done against my team because in the moment I’m so ticked that we got fooled, but as a strong proponent of creativity on the football field I can’t help but admire the play. That one in particular was drawn up beautifully and called at the perfect time.