First of all, I’ll lead off with a hypocrite warning, because I thought going for two points and the win was a cool idea. Not a wise idea, and not the best idea. But intriguing for sure. So I can’t fault Flores too much. But we are all fans, and fans are allowed to do and say things based on emotion. But our head coach and chief decision-maker has to be smarter than that. Flores wasn’t. He let his emotions get the best of him and set up the Redskins for the win.
He told the Redskins, “If you make ONE play, you win this game. ONE.”
If we instead went to overtime, the Skins would have to make multiple stops on defense, as well as making numerous positive plays on offense. Our D was playing outstanding in the 4th Q, and Flores didn’t give them a chance. Our offense was gashing them up and down the field, and Flores didn’t give them a chance.
Instead, he let his inexperienced, unproven buddy Chad O’Shea call the worst-designed play of the game. He bunched three men on top of the formation, so that if Drake caught it (which he didn’t…more on that in a minute), he’d have 5 men to weave through (2 teammates and their their 2 defenders, plus his own defender.) And that’s only the WRs and CBs who are all bunched in his way. It doesn’t yet take into account the interior linemen and LBs who swarmed to him as well. There were a total of 8 people in his way. The play was doomed from the get go.
Meanwhile, at the bottom of the formation, Preston Williams had single man coverage. Zero traffic. Why not roll Fitz to his right and ask Williams to zig zag? He’d either get open or else Fitz could walk in. IF Williams somehow can’t beat a single man for 2 yards and IF somehow Fitz stumbles, then you have Ballage in the backfield as your emergency outlet. I’ve just given you 3 options on one play, whereas Chad O’Shea gave you ONE option. A horrible, horrible play call. Game is on the line, and O’Shea chose a do-or-die screen pass into heavy traffic.
Meanwhile, Mark Walton was knifing through the Skins, and Ballage had just scored a touchdown to get us to within 7 a few minutes earlier. Why was Kenyan Drake even on the field? Drake has proven to be our least reliable back this year, and he did nothing to earn a shot on that final play. He is a red zone liability, and he proved it today with the mostly costly drop in recent Dolphin history.