The Ultimate Prevent D Gives Up the Inevitable TD
Comedian Lewis Black has a routine where he realizes he's seen the end of the universe.
It's when he walked out of a Starbuck's in the Houston Galleria and, straight in front of him, was another Starbuck's.
How does stuff like that happen?
Is Starbuck's practicing to be a defense contractor or something?
Or maybe they learned at the feet of whatever bright light in football came up with the prevent defense.
Every fan knows the philosophy:
When time's a factor, don't give up the long bomb.
Instead, force the offense to settle for small chunks of yardage, increasing the potential that it will make a mistake on one of those plays.
Every fan also knows the result:
Well, finally, someone's taken the prevent defense to its logical conclusion. And they paid for it.
The Kansas City Chiefs were at midfield and had time for one last play before the half.
- The Dallas Cowboys dropped seven DBs back in coverage, so
- The Chiefs sent WR and punt returned Tyreek Hill out on a short route, and
- They had three WRs set to lead a convoy.
It was awesome:
Chiefs coach Andy Reid is a damn genius!
Dude took the short yardage Dallas gave him and then deployed the anti-defense contractor approach, ie- everybody figures everything is somebody else's responsibility, so nothing ever gets checked.
Three blockers was all Hill needed, and his punt-returning skills kicked in.
Too bad the rest of the day didn't go like that for KC.
Because most of the game was played using conventional, non-two-minute-drill football strategies, Dallas won, 28-17.