Sometimes a coaching decision is just a coaching decision. Other times, a coaching decision is a message to the team. A decision made by Redskins coach Jay Gruden late in their game against the Chargers sent a message, a very wrong one, to his players. With 2:55 left in the game, the Redskins were trailing 30-6. The Chargers had the ball on the Redskins’ nine yard line. Backup quarterback Kellen Clemons threw a pass to receiver Mike Williams, who was tightly covered by Bashaud Breeland. The cornerback won the battle for the ball and rolled 96 yards for a touchdown. The TD made it 30-12. A two-point conversion would have made it a 16-point game, a situation where two touchdowns and two two-point conversions would tie the game. To be sure, the odds of pulling that off were very long (details in a minute) but there still would have been the proverbial Dumb and Dumber “So you’re saying there’s a chance” chance. However, Gruden sent out the kicking team. The one-point PAT was good and it remained a three-possession game.
Jay Gruden sends a mixed message by waving the white flag
NBC Sports Washington | Dec 12