Who's calling the shots?

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Postby Fios » Mon Sep 25, 2006 12:15 pm

RedskinsFreak wrote:How quickly does the play-caller (whoever it is) send the next play into the QB?

There was one time they showed Saunders for a good 30 seconds between plays and his lips didn't move.

Unless he's a ventriloquist, he either called the next play immediately after the previous one or he didn't call the play at all.


Saunders often scripts things out 5-6 plays ahead, I'm willing to be he's a helluva chess player
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Postby Countertrey » Mon Sep 25, 2006 5:39 pm

The playcalling in that game was not what I would have expected from Gibbs... I doubt that he has ever called for a shovel pass in his life. I also think that Gibbs would not have been able to avoid the temptation of calling a few more deep routes.

I doubt also that he would have taken the reigns from Saunders until and unless his game calling was not getting it done with all the pieces in place. Not his style (see Mark Brunell)
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Postby JPFair » Tue Sep 26, 2006 7:04 am

To piggy back on what Jake said, if you listened to Portis's press conference after the game, they asked him about the draw play at the end of the 2nd quarter, and he said something to the effect of "Coach Gibbs wanted to go for a field goal, and I said to him let me get a few more yards to set up the field goal and he threw me in there go get a few yards, and they opened up a hole for me and got the TD". When I heard him say it, I remember saying to myself "I thought Saunders was calling the plays".

I think that Gibbs, Saunders, and Williams draw up the game plan, with certain plays to be run, and Gibbs will let Saunders call the plays for the most part. But, I'd say there's a "few" times during the game where Gibbs will instruct what "type" of play to call.

Good point though!!
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Postby The Hogster » Tue Sep 26, 2006 3:07 pm

I picked up on the same thing, and if my memory serves me correctly, I think Saunders mentioned that there would be in-game calls and decisions that Gibbs would make.

None of us knows the entire dynamic, but I think that since Saunders is in the booth he is in constant communication with Gibbs who can communicate with the players. I'm pretty sure that both Gibbs and Saunders are not talking to Brunell at the same time....heck when I played football the coach sent the play in through the wide receiver, who brought it into the huddle.

Either way...I am sure Gibbs makes decisons from time to time.
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Postby 1niksder » Thu Sep 28, 2006 6:07 am

The Hogster wrote:I picked up on the same thing, and if my memory serves me correctly, I think Saunders mentioned that there would be in-game calls and decisions that Gibbs would make.

None of us knows the entire dynamic, but I think that since Saunders is in the booth he is in constant communication with Gibbs who can communicate with the players. I'm pretty sure that both Gibbs and Saunders are not talking to Brunell at the same time....heck when I played football the coach sent the play in through the wide receiver, who brought it into the huddle.

Either way...I am sure Gibbs makes decisons from time to time.

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