Most have heard the phrase "Over Coaching" before, and I think I saw some indications of it last week. It has to be one of the most commented upon things, aside from winning, after last weeks game. Yes, I am talking about the spat between our Coach Todd Haley and our QB Matt Cassel.
Last year, early in the season, it appeared that the then OC Charlie Weis was keeping his QB on a very short leash, or "handcuffed", so he could learn the joy of not making boneheaded interceptions. This year has seen more of the same. When Matt dumped the ball that precipitated Haley's tirade on the sideline it appeared he was just trying to not cause a turnover as he has been coached to do. In my opinion this is a viable plan.....for last year. This year we have lost a few starters, and if it must be said a few games as well.
It has been said many times by the old coaches, 3 things happen when you throw the ball and 2 of them are bad. The good, a completion. The bad is twofold. First is an incompletion and loss of down. Second is a turnover by interception. It could get worse and does when a QB is sacked and field position is jeopardized, sometimes with a fumble included. So it is easy to understand the mindset of coaches and over coaching. However, with a season in jeopardy and a more experienced QB that made the Pro Bowl, regardless of how, it is time to unleash the passing attack by releasing the QB from his leash.
What do we have to lose? It wouldn't be the first time in the history of the game that a QB was given the reigns. Many have answered the bell with very good outcomes and some not so good. It is time to play to win, not play to lose. Haley has shown a capacity to take chances, and Cassel needs to show what he can do. With this modern day game of offensive football that gives the passing game the edge, it would be a good thing to pass the damn ball down-the-field. Enough said! Go Chief's!!!!!!