Friday, November 14, 2008

NFL: PLEASE OUTLAW THE PREVENT DEFENSE

Former Virginia Cavalier Thomas Jones gained 107 yards on 30 carries to help the under-achieving and seemingly cursed New York Football Jets defeat their arch-nemesis, the overachieving New England Patriots.

The game once again vividly demonstrated the tragic flaw in the conventional wisdom embraced throughout the world of football known as the “prevent defense.”

New England got the ball with no timeouts left on their own 38 with 1:05 left to play. The Jets set up in the “prevent you from winning” defense with the exception of the corner covering Randy Moss. He played Moss tight and jammed him. The NFL Network commentators commented that this had taken Moss completely out of the game.

The Pats marched right down the field and had the ball 4th and one on the 16 with 8 seconds left to play. So the game comes down to one final play, and the Pats have to score since it’s fourth down.

What do the Jets do? They back off of everybody to “prevent” the Patriots from getting in the end zone, and, believe it or not, they back off of Randy Moss too. So what does Moss do?
Don’t be silly…he wins a wrestling match in the end zone and catches the touchdown that sends the game into needless (and sleep depriving) overtime.
Unbelievable…

(Photo by Jim Rogash/Getty Images)

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