Jon Gruden’s call to kneel instead of going for TD backfires in Raiders loss: ‘I don’t regret it’,
Raiders coach Jon Gruden does not regret kneeling the ball instead of scoring a landing in the ultimate minute of Saturday’s 26-25 loss to the Dolphins.
Las Vegas, down 23-22 on the time, had ample alternative to internet six factors with objective to go after the two-minute warning. However Gruden let the clock wind down to 22 seconds earlier than trying a discipline objective; that features a third-and-goal attempt on the 1-yard line, with Miami’s protection prepared to let the Raiders rating a go-ahead landing. That might have made the rating 29-23 — point-after try pending — with a few minute left in regulation.
However Gruden instructed quarterback Derek Carr to kneel in an try to go away as little time as doable for Miami to rating.
“I don’t regret it,” Gruden informed reporters after the sport. “I don’t regret it one bit. I simply regret the outcomes. … Nineteen seconds left, by yourself 25-yard line, with no timeouts, I’ve referred to as performs a very long time, the likelihood of getting that finished is distant. … I’m not going to get into all of the situations. We performed it precisely like we wished to play it.”
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Kicker Daniel Carlson nailed the 22-yard try from the 4-yard line, giving his workforce a 25-23 lead with simply 19 seconds left for Miami to try a game-winning rating. Sadly for Gruden and Co., they had been the victims of “Fitzmagic.”
It solely took one play for Dolphins quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick to get his workforce inside discipline objective vary: His miracle heave to Mack Collins — with a Raiders defender jerking his head left by the facemask — linked for 34 yards. The 15-yard penalty moved Miami to the Las Vegas 25:
Two performs later, Jason Sanders’ 44-yard discipline objective sailed by with only one second remaining, giving the workforce an inconceivable 26-25 win.
Give credit score to Gruden for making an attempt to analyze the scenario. Simply this season, the Falcons value themselves a win towards the Lions after scoring a late landing that gave Detroit an opportunity to win the sport. It has even occurred on the faculty stage. It is easy to nitpick a call in hindsight, however it’s clear Vegas would have quite had the factors after the very fact.
Particularly contemplating the loss drops the Raiders (7-8) out of playoff rivalry.