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Old 12-23-2012, 07:34 PM   #976
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Delay of game penalty?

Hey, I have a long running question and I wanted to bring it to the peanut gallery for clarification:


Why do I see a lot of teams burn a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty, especially early in a scoreless game or in situations where there is no clear advantage to do so? A delay of game penalty is only 5 yards with no loss of down; a minor penalty by any standards. A burned timeout can dirty-dick a team in the last two minutes of a one possession game...

I see this quite a bit. Why do QB's avoid a delay of game like the plague? I'm all up on strategy but I don't get why this happens. Do you know something I don't?

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Old 12-23-2012, 08:17 PM   #977
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Hey, I have a long running question and I wanted to bring it to the peanut gallery for clarification:


Why do I see a lot of teams burn a timeout to avoid a delay of game penalty, especially early in a scoreless game or in situations where there is no clear advantage to do so? A delay of game penalty is only 5 yards with no loss of down; a minor penalty by any standards. A burned timeout can dirty-dick a team in the last two minutes of a one possession game...

I see this quite a bit. Why do QB's avoid a delay of game like the plague? I'm all up on strategy but I don't get why this happens. Do you know something I don't?

Median drive length in the NFL is 30 yards. 5 yards isn't as minor as it seems.
A penalty hurts the team. A burned TO might hurt the team.
In general,
5-yard penalties are for stupidity
10-yard penalties are for cheating
15-yard penalties are for endangering.
Nobody wants to look stupid, especially coaches.
Delay can be a symptom of overall confusion, which needs a timeout anyway.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:03 PM   #978
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Good explanation. Thanks.

It just seems to me saving timeouts for end of game time management and challenges is more important than taking a five yard hit without loss of downs. So they are confused, right? The time it takes for the officials to asses the penalty and march it out would be as good as a time out to get your shit together.
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Old 12-23-2012, 09:40 PM   #979
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The Giants suckage is now epic.....
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:43 AM   #980
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The Giants suckage is now epic.....
true but it sure makes the Redskins/Cowboys and the Giants/Eagles games next weekend interesting...
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Old 12-24-2012, 12:21 PM   #981
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The Giants suckage is now epic.....
Are they 2-13 also?
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Old 12-24-2012, 02:20 PM   #982
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Are they 2-13 also?
In my opinion, they might as well be. It would be easier to take. Just unbelievable.
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Old 12-24-2012, 04:14 PM   #983
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Old 12-24-2012, 06:43 PM   #984
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Old 12-24-2012, 11:15 PM   #985
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I thought they were America's Team?
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Old 12-25-2012, 06:30 PM   #986
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That's Jacksonville.
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Old 12-25-2012, 07:24 PM   #987
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I thought that was the Saints ?
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:26 PM   #988
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Old 12-26-2012, 05:06 AM   #989
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I thought they were America's Team?
Thats if you're from texas or mexican from what i've seen. I hope aikman gets to announce it and the redskins destroy them.
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Old 12-28-2012, 06:55 AM   #990
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The playoffs start for a few teams this weekend. Should be some good ball.

Dallas vs Washington will be interesting.

Tough road game for GB as they try to secure the #2 seed, complete a 2 year division sweep, and keep Minnesota out of the playoffs. Go Pack go.
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