||11-15-2011 04:01 PM
I hope he will continue to be spooked by it, again in the future, whenever he plays the Saints, here and at home.
I hope this will cause him to lose his courage in other situations against us -- I hope that thinking about the drubbing and criticism he has received, will cause him to send the punting unit out more often, in other game situations. Once Smith is afraid to take chances, for fear of media and fan backlash, this will render the Falcons incapable of sustaining those long, time-consuming drives against us; drives they can't really pull off without that desperate gambler's mentality, where it seems like they have been going for it on 4th down pretty regularly against us, and our defense can't get them off the field.... Go back and look at how many times the Falcons have been doing that to us on 4th down, in recent games. How many drives turned into 7's instead of 3's, or points instead of no points, because they WENT FOR IT ON 4TH DOWN and got it. It's one of the real reasons why these games have even been close! Without those points gotten by risking going for it, on multiple 4th downs, the Falcons would trail in these games by 7 or 10, at least.
Criticism and doubt about taking big risks on 4th down, now means more scrutiny on every decision Smith makes, more pressure on Ryan on 3rd down, more fan doubts and worries about how Turner might slowly be losing a step, more dislike for Smith on talk radio and more fear of failure in the Falcons locker room and all throughout the team... I hope Smith loses a LOT of sleep over it, and has bad dreams about that play, over and over and over. And I hope he gets roasted in the media about it for the rest of the season.
I hope Smith comes into the Superdome in December feeling meek, timid, and uncertain of himself, feeling anxious, knowing that if he makes ONE more stupid boneheaded decision, against the Saints, and it backfires, his job in Atlanta is DONE. I can't wait to see him punt instead of going for it in the Superdome. Let him NOT call that fake field goal, that hail Mary or that risky trick play that might cost him his job. Let him not be able to decide what to do on short yardage, and end up burning a needless time-out. Do you see why this play was so awesome?
And Payton will probably either find some way to scheme Smith into doing something really stupid, or else he will smell the fear of failure on the other sideline and just bully him all day. Because if the game is on the line and Smith makes ONE more risky coaching decision that backfires on him, he is HISTORY. Just watch.