The latest victim? The Chicago Bears. Trailing the Atlanta Falcons 19-13 with just under 3 minutes remaining in the game, the Bears put together a 11 play, 77 yard drive that culminated in the go-ahead touchdown pass from Kyle Orton to Rashied Davis with only 11 seconds remaining in the game. Game Over right? WRONG!
On cue, Lovie Smith dials up the good ole’ squib kick that gives the Atlanta Falcons great field position. So great, that it only takes a 26 yard pass to set the Falcons up for 48 yard game winning field goal. All of which happens in 10 seconds.
This begs the question, why kick a squib kick with 11 seconds remaining? Why not kick it down field and make the other team actually make a play to get into field goal range? I always thought that was the name of the game. It seems as if coaches on every level have fell so in love with the phenomenon that is the squib kick that they turn to it in the worst situations. And when they do, they end up giving away momentum, and in this case, the game.
Now, maybe I’m not thinking this completely through so I want to pose the question to all of you.
Is the squib kick over-used in football today and can it cost a team momentum or even a game?