The Detroit Lions got here up one yard paralyzed of potentially sending Sunday’s game in Oakland into time past regulation. Offensive coordinator Darrell Bevell has regrets relating to the failed play, nevertheless now not the suppose call.
“I wish to call plays that rating touchdowns,” Bevell said in a Tuesday convention call, by job of MLive’s Kyle Meinke. “It did not rating a touchdown.”
No, coach, it did now not. And now the Lions are 3-4-1.
After a third-down pass bought the Lions to the Oakland 1-yard-line with no timeouts left, Detroit scrambled to construct up in a fourth-down play. Jon Gruden took a timeout that looked to give the Lions reprieve. Bevell had time to construct up his preferred play call in with eight seconds on the clock. The obvious reward rapid modified into into coal.
Bevell’s play call enigmatically integrated taking Kenny Golladay and Marvin Jones off the area.
The OC, nevertheless, defended the resolution.
“We had been on the 1-yard line, so we ended up going with arrangement-line package deal, which we observe the total time,” Bevell said. “We have a desire of personnel groups, we have a desire of formations that we line up in. I mediate as you may per chance possibly per chance leer through the game, felt like we, from the 1(-yard line), we’re working the ball nicely ample through the game to be ready to head with a bit bit of a play-action. Thought we had staunch matchups, we had staunch size. Sadly, we weren’t ready to attain it precisely the technique we wished to.”
Whether it be the 1 or 21, taking your easiest gamers off the area to fabricate a play for Logan Thomas appears like noxious common sense. Yes, diverse Raiders defenders made staunch plays, at the side of Clelin Ferrell getting tension on Matthew Stafford, nevertheless to favor your easiest weapons entirely out of the game is playing into the protection’s hands.
“Treasure I said, we had been on the 1-yard-line,” Bevell said. “We went with a arrangement-line package deal, which with those guys are now not fascinated by that package deal. Treasure I said, through the game, there are every style of packages, there are issues that we did earlier in the game that we had been down inside of the 5 that we extinct as nicely. That was once the one in that 2d that we determined to head with.”
As Bevell completely knows given his feature in the execrable play from the arrangement line in Seattle’s Super Bowl loss to New England, now not all plays from the 1-yard-line are created equal. The Lions hadn’t speed the ball nicely at all, so going substantial and play-actioning — even supposing stingily working in arrangement-to-bound eventualities had been a bent — did the protection a favor. With a banged-up offensive line and tight stop T.J. Hockenson getting injured, Bevell’s substantial package deal fell considerably short of expectations.
With the game on the freeway, the Lions rightly build the ball of their easiest player’s hand. Simultaneously, they moreover handcuffed that player by parking his easiest weapons on the sideline.
On balance, Bevell has had a staunch season calling plays for Stafford in his first year in Detroit. The most interesting call Sunday, nevertheless, was once a dubious flop.