Trailing the Seattle Seahawks by five points with 3:02 remaining on Sunday, Pittsburgh Steelers coach Mike Tomlin opted to kick a field goal on fourth-and-goal from the 3-yard line. Empirical data suggested this as the wrong decision. Phil Simms, on the other hand, agreed with the call.
The Seahawks answered with an 80-yard touchdown and Tomlin suffered the same losing fate as the coaches who’ve made a similar decision the last 13 previous times.
In his press conference today, Tomlin pointed to settling for field goals as one of the reasons the Steelers lost — apparently with no sense of irony.
Chris Boswell did boot two other field goals before the one in the deciding final minutes, so there may be some validity to Tomlin’s comments. Then again, there was that awful fake that failed miserably.
Perhaps Bill Belichick is onto something with his whole “stare daggers into your being until you break” routine. It certainly helps avoid putting a quote like this out into the ether.