It’s never easy. It’s never get the ball with minutes, grind out the clock and score with seconds to go.
No, it’s go three-and-out, set up a situation where the Dolphins need one first down to clinch the game and have the defense knock the ball away on third-and-five. It’s Miami covering the swing route, Matt Stafford scrambling to his left, flicking a sidearm pass to Theo Riddick and having the ball glide through the one hole Dolphins safety Reshad Jones allowed.
It’s all that with 29 seconds left.
“I don’t think anybody enjoys stress like that,” Calvin Johnson said.
“I just have a good time,” Stafford said after flashing a huge smile.
They can’t keep doing this. Over the long run these some of these 50-50 games are going to go the other the way. But football is a sport that lives in the short term. Sixteen games in a season isn’t enough for all the confounding variables to cancel themselves like they almost do in a baseball season. It’s conceivable that the Lions can keep throwing their dice all season not crap out once. They’re already nine games in.
Jim Caldwell isn’t that good of a coach. He’s not that bad of a coach either. He’s just — a coach. Outside of his wispy mustache he’s about as generic as can be. I guess he deserves credit for making the team more disciplined (they still rank 21st in penalty yardage per game), but is there another aspect that Caldwell can point to and say he’s made a tangible difference?