Frank Reich regrets getting too conservative with fourth-quarter play call

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Colts coach Frank Reich faulted himself for a play call in Monday night’s game that helped the Ravens come back to tie the game in the fourth quarter before winning in overtime.

Reich said he wished he hadn’t called for a third-and-8 handoff to set up a field goal when the Colts were winning 25-17. The run lost four yards and on the next play, the Colts’ field goal attempt was blocked. Reich said that in hindsight, he wished he had tried to pass for the first down.

I wish I had that call back,” Reich said, via Joel A. Erickson of the Indianapolis Star. “That was a conservative call.”

Reich said he didn’t call a pass because he didn’t want to lose yardage — which is exactly what the run did.

“In hindsight, because it didn’t work, do I wish I would have called a pass?” Reich said. “Probably, but the reason I didn’t was I knew they were pressuring, I didn’t want to get sacked, I didn’t want anything crazy to happen. I felt good about the opportunity to gain some yards and kick. In hindsight, it wasn’t the right call.”

That one play call certainly can’t be blamed for the Colts’ loss, but it began a series of events in which nothing went right for the Colts and they lost a game they thought they were going to win.

21 responses to “Frank Reich regrets getting too conservative with fourth-quarter play call

  1. There are certain teams that you have to play aggressive with and go for the kill shot when you get the chance. The Ravens are one them and any team led by Tom Brady. Ask anyone named Matt.

  2. And squeaked me through on my survivor pool for the week. Thanks Frank!!!

  3. I’m surprised Reich didn’t call a time out to stop the momentum during that last drive in regulation. Baltimore was having their way with them

  4. dabears70 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 7:18 am
    He will be gone at the end of the season…..book it
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    The Colts were 11-5 last season. Why would he be gone after one bad season? Do you even watch football?

  5. Sorry Frank but you just went up against the leading MVP candidate and got buzzsaw’d outta Baltimore. It happens to a lot of coaches who face the nightmare that is Lamar Jackson. Cheers!

  6. “He will be gone at the end of the season…..book it”
    ___________

    Who will they replace him with that will obviously be better? He took over a 4-12 team and has had them in the playoffs 2 of his first 3 years including last year. He’s not getting canned after one bad season.

  7. even my wife who thinks home runs are scored in football was going “wow what a stupid decision” when she saw that play

  8. I was rooting for the underdog all night and then Frank totally lost it mentally for his team. This loss is on him but his players got beat up for nothing too.
    Your short passing run game was unstoppable and with a whopping 4 mintues plus to go, on the 25 and your pea brain, lets run three times and then kick the field goal was dumb as dumb gets.
    Hey Frank, the other coach got what you were trying and stacked the line to stop your run.
    Told my wife his plan only works if your kicker is healthy and they already said he hurt his hip and your putting the game on him????? Firing Frank would be a good option.

  9. mogogo1 says:
    October 12, 2021 at 10:22 am
    “He will be gone at the end of the season…..book it”
    ___________

    Who will they replace him with that will obviously be better? He took over a 4-12 team and has had them in the playoffs 2 of his first 3 years including last year. He’s not getting canned after one bad
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    If I’m the owner, he is gone today. The guy looked clueless for one thing. LIke wow, I dont know what to do.

  10. Even the best coaches make occasional bad decisions. I’ve never been a coach. But it doesn’t seem to make sense to -stop doing- what was working well enough to earn the team the lead, and instead switch the team to a different “prevent” style that risks disrupting what’s been working well in the game. To those who want to replace him: With who? OU NCAAFB coach Lincoln Riley is one of the offensive whizzes the NFL seems hot for. He often shifts to this “prevent” style.

  11. In other news, the Lions coach regrets scoring with 37 seconds left. “Yeah, we should’ve made the Vikings drag our RB into the end zone to save time on the clock like the Browns did. You don’t give a HOF’er like Kirk Cousins 37 seconds to move down the field!”

  12. As a Ravens fan I thought Reich and the Colts had a great game plan – we looked like crap for almost 3 Quarters and they had a lot to do with it. Plenty of “what ifs” after this one – a few prominent ones:
    blocked FG (doesn’t happen a ton), injured kicker misses a very makeable kick, Ravens win OT toss (if Colts win toss they probably win the game)
    Any way ya slice it Lamar deserves a lot of credit for his passing during the comeback

  13. Reich calling the plays is holding this team back.

    He did call his best game of his career (yay) but he still does too many dumb things like this that cost us too many games

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