posted on Nov, 29 2007 @ 12:20 PM
No. Absolutely not.
"Kicking away from him basically tells your special teams they're not good enough to stop him"
So what? Are they earning an NFL paycheck? Are they being paid hundreds of thousands if not millions of dollars a year to play a game? They're just
going to have to suck it up and take the ego hit.
As a coach, I would do what's best for my team. Not what's best for my players' egos. I'm paid to come up with strategy to help my team win. So it
becomes a question of strategy:
A) Kick it to him and have him burn you
B) Force the Bears offense to beat you
Hmm..yeah, let's think about that one....
I'll go with B. I know that Grossman to Berrian hook-up is a dangerous one, but I'll take my chances.
You absolutely do not kick to him. He clearly makes a difference. Kicking to him is the equivalent of not covering Randy Moss. You know he can beat
you, but you're not doing everything you can to stop it. Everything you can do to stop Devin Hester is not kicking to him.
I mean, think about it. Denver lost 37-34 in overtime. If they don't kick to him just ONE of those times, they win 34-30, and it doesn't go to
You can't be arrogant and let your ego get in the way. Make the smart safe decision and don't kick to him.
[edit on 11/29/07 by NovusOrdoMundi]