Originally Posted by traderumor
That's the thing about risk--high risk failures make you either look stupid or like a high flying wizard. There's safety in the middle. You can always pass the buck to poor execution on the "safe" play calls--"if we can't get a yard, then we are worthless and weak." Of course, "safe" play calls have their own risk, when they fail and the second guessers want you to be more risky.
The play caller is a thankless job.
The best coaches and QBs ever are the ones who first and foremost "take care of the football". And that's not what Andy did by throwing it up for grabs. INTs (turnovers) are poison for a football team. It's the most important stat. It's not worth risking a turnover for a 25 yd gain on 1st and ten or a 1 yd gain on 1st and goal. For example that first INT resulted in a FG for the Ravens. Had it been complete and Jones had pulled it in for us, we still would have been far away from FG range